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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 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

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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) READ MORE

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