The winter of 1965/6 was very wet and generally rather warm. The Summer was very hot and dry, the month of May being one of the hottest on record. The vines were very backward till early September when a few days of extremely hot weather brought the fruit on considerably.
Tragically for Taylor Fladgate, in August 1966, Dick Yeatman died. He was the first British Port shipper to qualify as a viticulturist and was the leader in creating the first varietal blocks in the Douro.