Winemaking

Happy yeasts cover the top of the tank with foam

This is the fermentation tank that received the first grapes of 2010 harvest. Must is already fermenting and yeasts are so happy for the juice they have inside that are sending a lot of foam outside. Strange way of communicating…! With all this excitement, we can only get a great wine from this tank! Oscar


Harvest 2010: first grapes arrive to he winery

And finally the harvest has began. This is the first case of grapes of 2010! We started yesterday, September 11th, picking up the grapes of our vineyards in Mós and in Quinta Vale d’Agodinho. The weather is clear and warm again, with temperatures in these vineyards on the earlies 30sº C. In general, the sugar [...]


Racking old Port Wine; what is wrong in the photo?

You are right, the mouth of this 14,000 liter balseiro is open. It is not that often that we rack our old Ports. This is the balseiro where our Colheita 1994 has aged for several years. But now it’s time for it to go to smaller containers. It will age in 605 – 615 liters [...]


Conclusions of an experiment of single varietal Port Wine

We all know that Port Wine is about blending: different vineyards, pipes, vintages and off course, different varietals. All this with the purpose of having a more complex and harmonious blend. The vineyards of the Douro are planted, since many years ago with a different range of varietals, some well known but others barely recognized. [...]


Red wines from 2009 present high levels of sediment

Before you ask, I’ll explain what is the photo showing: it is the bottom of a 10.000 liters bin where one of the components of Oscar’s 2009 was resting since November. After aging for some months, this wine created a compact cover of sediment, which this year is specially bigger due to two facts: very [...]


Tasting red Ports from 2009 harvest

This week we made the first serious tasting of our red Ports from 2009. The colours overall have surprised me by the intensity shown. The acidity in general is not very good, though we have a couple of exceptions. But I liked the balance of the wines. I think 2009 Ports will age quite quickly due [...]


How well is ageing our single varietal Port Wine?

Honestly I don’t really know how are the Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, Tinto Cão and Tinta Roriz Ports aging. They are already in 250 liters barrels and after Christmas we will make the first tasting. Any volunteers to help us? Meanwhile, I asked  my friends to share with us what they expect from the [...]


Visitng Amorim’s factory; the problem of TCA in the wine

During the last weekend it took place in Lisbon the second edition of the European Wine Bloggers Conference. As it had happened last year, I had a lot of fun, I met bunches of new people and drunk many many Portuguese wines. Later this week I’ll make another post with my thoughts about the the [...]


10 Ways of Celebrating the end of the Harvest

After picking up the last grapes, in Quevedo we are planing to do some activities to relax our muscles after the hard work. For those who have never harvested in the Douro, these may seem extreme sports; for us are a just a fun entertainment: To swim in the Douro river against the flow, towards [...]


Godfrey Spence in the Douro talking about the harvest 2009

Today I met Godfrey Spence, a leading British wine educator, in the Douro. We talked for a couple of hours about Douro, Port and a little bit of everything. It was a very interesting chat. A big pleasure for me. At the end I asked him to share with us what he thinks about the [...]