(English) Quinta da Alegria – planting vines in the Douro valley

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribe to the feed and get future articles delivered to your feed reader.

  • Joe

    Oscar, Interesting and fast way to plant a vine. Is the young vine with trimmed roots able to grow quickly downward because the terrace is still soft, not compacted? Tinta Amarela is sensitive to humidity and heat during ripening on this side of the globe too. Do you use any systemic fungicides on Tinta Amarela? Oscar, I think I was born in the wrong country, in that I am growing Portugese grapes!! Joe

    • quevedo

      Hi Joe, nice to hear from you. If you leave the old roots in the vine they will eventually dry out and died. So we cut them before to make it easier for the vine to grow the news and to make sure they grow downwards. And they really need to go down because on the surface the water is very little. In certain years we need to use systemic fungicides, but in others we grow it in an almost organic way. Do you like the Tinta Amarela in you wine blend?

      • Joe

        Hi Oscar, Yes I like the flavors Tinta Amarela adds to a blend.It has plum flavors when the wine is young,but always ends up with dark chocolate with time. It is used to give body to a Tinta Roriz/Tempanillo table wine. It is a little too much if the grapes are overripe. I dont think Tinta Amarela will really be planted too much here as sensitivity to rot and heat stop most plantings, but it does really well in rocky soil with smaller berries and clusters. Great to talk to you from a far. Joe