Quevedo 2015 Douro Vintage Report

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Quevedo 2015 Douro Vintage Report

If you think rain during the harvest can only bring harm, change your mind. In 2015, contrarily to the previous two years, the best wines were produced few days after 30mm of rainfall over Quinta Vale d’Agodinho. This time we start the vintage report READ MORE

White grapes planted in the Douro valley

Now that the harvest of the white grapes is over, I thought you might want to know a bit more about the most popular white grapes of the Douro. How do they look and taste like. I kindly asked the tireless and enthusiastic READ MORE

Harvest 2015: first maturity control

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Harvest 2015: first maturity control

With more than half Summer gone it is time to go to the vineyards to do the first analysis of the maturity of the grapes. As always, we start these controls on the 10th of August at Quinta Vale d’Agodinho. Before we turned READ MORE

Temperatures and rain influence in Douro wines

When someone asks a winemaker (one that knows where the grapes are coming from) why his wines taste a particular way, they will generally say that the wine reflects the provenience of the grapes. We all say that terroir is key to make READ MORE

The meaning of certain wild plants in vineyards

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The meaning of certain wild plants in vineyards

Inspired by an article on Western Farm Press about weeds in vineyards, we were looking at the wild plants we have in our vineyards. The idea is that by analyzing these wild plants we can understand what kind of necessities and needs the READ MORE

2014 Harvest outlook for the Douro

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2014 Harvest outlook for the Douro

The year of 2014 may be a great year for the production of wine and Port in the Douro. Some of the critical factors that contribute for above the average harvest are aligned, but it is still quite early to be conclusive. Among READ MORE

Our vineyard is going organic

I have to confess that I have been hiding precious information from you. Not intentionally, but just today realized I have never talked about a special project that kept us busy for a couple of years. There it goes without more delay, we READ MORE

Quinta da Alegria – planting vines in the Douro valley

We are now getting to the most critical phase in our works at Quinta da Alegria. After opening the terraces and removing the stones, it finally came the moment to plant the grafted vines in the soil. In the area we are working READ MORE

Quinta da Alegria – removing stones to plant vines

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Quinta da Alegria – removing stones to plant vines

Works continue in Quinta da Alegria as more land is ready to receive the new vines. In the last weeks we have been delineating terraces and revolving the soil to eliminate any compaction it may exist. Also important when working the soil is READ MORE

Very wet Winter raises the bar for the 2014 harvest

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Very wet Winter raises the bar for the 2014 harvest

Spring is finally coming after a very wet Winter in Portugal. This was probably the wettest Winter of the last 80 years, which gives us quite good expectations for the harvest to come. As you all know, the Douro is one of the READ MORE

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