The Vintage of 1985 was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet Winter. Bud burst took place early in April and flowering around the end of May. The Summer was hot throughout and the harvest started on 26th September. By the close of harvest it was apparent that the year had produced Port wines of exceptional quality.
The late entertainer and cartoonist Willy Rushton visited Taylor Fladgate's Quinta de Vargellas in 1985 and drew his memorable sketches of the Taylor Fladgate’s Vintage at Vargellas.