Dry weather brings early fires to the Douro valley

We have spoken few times about how dry the weather has been this Winter. The lack of rain has been harmful not only for the vineyards but also for the rest of the crops, mostly olives and almonds trees, which are the most READ MORE

Water, where are you?

Those who have been visiting the south of Europe for the last weeks know what the title of this post means. The weather in the Douro valley, in Portugal, and also in many areas of the Mediterranean has been wonderful. Clear sky with READ MORE

Climate change: how it is going to affect viticulture in the Douro Valley

Editor’s note: One of these days, I was going with Luiz Alberto from Porto to the Douro when we started talking about the eruption of the Icelandic vulcano Eyjafjallajökull in April last year and its effects on grapes ripening in the Douro. Other READ MORE

Proud to be local

A few days ago I was in England for a Port and Douro wine tasting in The Square & Compasses, an old pub located in Fuller Street, in Fairstead, Essex. Fuller Street is a very small village, with under 50 people, where everybody READ MORE

Will Forest Fires in the Douro Valley affect the quality of 2010 wines?

Since the beginning of the season over 68,000 hectares of forest have burnt in Portugal, around 10,000 of which were in the Douro. A part from the severe consequences of these disasters, the inevitable question now is, will the smoke of these fires READ MORE

Can you find the rabbit?

Most animals love to feed at sunrise. This is was this rabbit was doing.  Where is it? Big tip: in the main road! Oscar

New cardboard boxes supplier comes with a surprise: Quevedo goes green

Yesterday our old cardboard boxes supplier visited us for a commercial meeting where I made a great discovery. We had been working with this company for many years but recently a other player made us a much more competitive proposal and we decided READ MORE

Organic Olive Oil from Quevedo – using mechanical vibrating harvester

The end of the Christmas season used to mark the best time to harvest our olives. And this year was not an exception. Beside the 250 acres of vines, Quevedo farms 50 acres of organic olive trees. Since 2003 we are growing our READ MORE

Could Port Wine use other closure than cork? No, not for now

In recent years, or maybe even in the last decades, there has been a considerable amount of research about wine closures. Some defend cork, others screwcap, and some advise for the t-cap (very hard to find a producer however!! – do you know READ MORE

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