Winery

What is happening in the Douro? How do you occupy yourself?

Few days ago, Simon Fisher, a new friend I met online, asked me what is happening in the Douro, right now, before Christmas. I guess some of you may know, but many others have no clue. Am I wrong? So, this is my reply to Simon’s question: Hi Simon, the Douro is pretty cold these [...]


Old wine press from 1630 stands out in Esterházy Museum, Austria

During the EWBC – European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna, Austria, we visited the Esterházy Museum. One of the most impressive pieces I saw, was a press device from the 1630. It’s around 5 meters long, all in wood, and with a pretty small compartment for crushing the grapes. Check the video and you will [...]


Fortifying Port Wine – adding alcohol to the must

This photo is a good example of what we have been doing during the last days. After two weeks harvesting, we decided to take a brake so the grapes on the vines can finish the phenolic maturation. All our vineyards located in the bottom of the valley were already harvested. During the next week, should [...]


Trip to Niger – the wedding that will mark all my life

This year has been marked by a rainy Winter, a hot Summer and by the high number of weddings I am attending to. One of those weddings was far away from the Douro. Mouna, the bride, is from Niger and Andreas, the groom, is Hungarian, who I met when I was working in Madrid. Due [...]


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 grapes vineyard. Well, the answer is not correct, but in other place, [...]


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 [...]


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 have some musts fermenting and some juicy to fortify. Some thoughts about [...]


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 [...]


What I Use To Read In Internet About Wines II

At the beginning of November, I wrote a post about wine related sites I like and I visit regularly in Internet. Lets continue that theme and make the II version. This time is just one site dedicated to Port Wine. Its name is ForTheLoveOfPort and probably sounds familiar to some of you. The team is [...]


Harvest is Finally Over in The Quevedo Estates

We can finally say that we have finished our harvest. Yesterday we made the last Port of the season from the last grapes that were still fermenting, 10 days after we had finished to pick-up grapes. As we use to say in the Douro: up to the wash of the boxes is vintage! This year [...]