Winemaking

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 […]


Single varietal Port experiment – it we get something excellent we will bottle it!

Some of you have probably noticed while reading our blog. We are making some experiments with single-varietal Port Wine. I’m sure many other producers have already made it. Maybe you have already tasted a single-varietal Port. But for us at Quevedo is the first time we are making it in a full dedicated way. And […]


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 move to Tavioso, a 2 hectares vineyard almost in the center of […]


Do you want to hear our white wine fermenting?

Our white wine started fermenting this morning. It has around 12% potential alcohol and it should need three or four days to finish the fermentation. Claudia says it is showing up an intense peach flavor. For me is more melon. Come over and help us to find out! Oscar


Making white Port Wine this afternoon – check the video when we’re adding the brandy

Today we have been making white Port Wine. The grapes that we were harvesting during the week-end were transformed into a healthy and aromatic must during the last days, which was ready for the fortification this afternoon. We are considering to follow Andy Velebil’s suggestion, regarding the ageing of our 2009 white Port Wine. He […]


The drama of the Vat #1

When concerning to wine, cuba in Portuguese means vat. Our fermentation vat #1 received the very first grapes of the harvest, which started one week ago, on September 2nd. At the middle of the second day of harvest, the vat #1 was already fermenting. Those were great news, since we had a lot of expectation […]


2009 Harvest – First photo of very sweet grapes arriving to our winery

I’m tired, it’s late in the night, but I want to make sure I share with you the first photo of the harvest 2009. Today was the first day. We are harvesting in Quinta das Olgas, in the Douro Superior, and Quinta da Alegria, in the border between Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The grapes […]


How is the upcoming harvest showing up?

What a big surprise I got yesterday evening. For the first time this year, we decided to pick up some grapes to analyze its ripeness. The weather is now warming up, the temperatures in Quinta Vale d’Agodinho oscillate between the 25º C (77ºF) before the sunrise to around 42ºC (108º F) at 2pm. But the […]


How Many Grapes are there in a Bottle of Port?

This is simple Port mathematics! Lets do it step by step: Port wine is 80% the best must from the Douro and 20% brandy; a bottle of 0.75L of wine requires roughly 1 kg of grapes, whereas brandy, a distilled drink, is much more demanding: 7 kg per liter! Well, imagine a bottle of 0,75 […]


CaipiRoyal, A Port Cocktail From A Port Wine Producer – Is Cocktail The Future of Port?

In recent years, Port Wine producers have been finding new and ingenious ways to sell their wines, keeping the R&D departments on their toes. First, Croft launched their Pink version of a Port Wine in the beginning of 2008. Two weeks ago, while Quevedo was participating in the Porto & Douro Wine Show, in Lisbon, […]