The mistake of promoting Touriga Nacional as the flagship varietal from Portugal

Editor’s note: I was informed by Viniportugal few weeks ago that this promotional action over Touriga Nacional, is only the first of many different activities to present Portuguese grapes to the world. However, I’m still not convinced that this is the best way READ MORE

Growing white grapes in Quinta da Trovisca: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio

After preparing the soil and making the terraces, we have finally planted our first white grapes vines in Quinta da Trovisca. We chose three varietals for our small field of under 2 hectares of land: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio. Many producers are planting READ MORE

Preparing the soil for planting a white grapes vineyard in Quinta da Trovisca

Did you read the previous post? If so, you’ve noticed that we were challenging you to guess what we will do in the area in front of the winery. In the comments’ section, you can see that Andy Velebil bet on a white READ MORE

The Harvest 2009 is over – some thoughts in the aftermath

Dear readers, the harvest is over. Finally! After six weeks picking up grapes at the vineyards and making wines at the winery, the hardest period of the year finished on Monday. For now only in the vineyards, because at the winery we still READ MORE

Raining during the harvest? hum, that is not a good idea…

Maybe we were not fast enough. Or we have few people harvesting. Or we were simply unlucky. But rain has come to our vineyards and we still have 5 days of harvest ahead. Tomorrow we should finish Quinta da Trovisca by noon and READ MORE

Quevedo Hosts the First Live 2009 Harvest in the Douro

Quevedo, Port and Douro wine producer, is streaming live the harvest in its vineyards in the Douro to a wine tasting room in London. The live video will be shown next Tuesday, September 22nd 2009 in a big screen of the Boutique Wineries READ MORE

Harvesting white grapes for Port and Douro wine

We have been dedicating the last 48 hours, this is, this last week-end, to the harvesting of white grapes. Every year we spend a whole weekend only harvesting white grapes. This year the harvest started 16 days before the one last year as READ MORE

How well Danish people pronounce "Quevedo"?

Since a couple of months ago, we have our Port Wine available in Denmark. Although this is not a very big market for Port Wine, the Dannish have the tradition of drinking Port Wine as a desert wine or with the coffee. Moreover, READ MORE

Three-week trip to US – Wine Bloggers Conference and other Port Wine Tastings – here we go!

Today we will start a 3 weeks trip to the US. I’m traveling with Nadia and this intends to be a half vacation/ half business trip. I left the Douro last week, some minutes after recording the video of my last post. I READ MORE

Overcrowded bunches of Touriga Franca – risk of decay

Very good weather conditions during the flowering (warm temperatures and slow wind) originated a high rate of fertilized berries. This situation seldom occurs because during the month of May temperatures are unstable and there’s a high probability of rain. This year, nearly all READ MORE

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