To Blend or not to Blend, that is the Question!

As far as we remember, the Douro has always been a land where we were blending grapes. Blending in the vineyards, blending in the stone lagares, blending in the cellar and blending before bottling! Over 200 grape varieties exist in the Douro, the READ MORE

Moon and Wine, Myth or Reality!?!

Even when we do not see it, it is somewhere up there and its gravity, as we all know, creates the tides on our blue planet. The Moon, the lonely satellite of planet Earth has always been captivating humans throughout history. Some believe READ MORE

The secret in our barrels

Traditionally, portuguese grape growers and producers from the Douro valley would store the recently vinified Port in large barrels named balseiro or tonnel until spring. As the Douro winter is cold, Port Wine could safely remain there. Before the hot days of Summer, READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Old wine press from 1630 stands out in Esterhazy 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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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, READ MORE

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 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

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 READ MORE

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