Growing white grapes in Quinta da Trovisca: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio

Planting white grapes in Quinta da Trovisca: Viosinho, Rabigato and GouveioAfter preparing the soil and making the terraces, we have finally planted our first white grapes vines in Quinta da Trovisca. We chose three varietals for our small field of under 2 hectares of land: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio. Many producers are planting white grapes again in the Douro. Agriculture moves in cycles, a decade ago white grapes were much cheaper than red grapes and many decided to plant red. Now, white is trendy, not only for Port but also for Douro wines too.

2010 can be a good year for planting after the long period of rains in the Douro valley and around all Portugal. The soil has plenty of water; so much that it is actually saturated and all the rain that falls goes directly down hill until it reaches the Douro river. In any case, we will probably need to irrigate this young vines later. But instead of starting in June, we may only start in late July or early August.

During the last days the weather has been dry and the sky is nearly always clean. I welcome warm weather and with low humidity, it’s budbreak time and vines need to warm up for bringing us good grapes next September.


Small vines of Viosinho before planting

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  1. Thomas Kern Monday April 12th, 2010 | reply
    So see you again in 2015 for the first White Oscar. Looking forward to tasting it!
  2. Oscar Quevedo Tuesday April 13th, 2010 | reply
    Are you suggesting us to use these grapes for Oscar's? And what about our Ports? Maybe a little bit for each Port and Douro wines...
  3. Thomas Kern Tuesday April 13th, 2010 | reply
    2015 is far too early for a reasonable white Port, I suggest to try a Douro white, without oak barrel, of course. Fruit orientated, good structured, with ripe tannins and constructive acidity. The terroir is perfect, the grapes great Douro classics, so go ahead!
  4. Oscar Quevedo Wednesday April 14th, 2010 | reply
    You're right! Your knowledge about the Douro and Port Wine gives me hope that one day wine will not only be a hobby but something engaging you professional.
  5. José Ferreira da Silva Monday May 17th, 2010 | reply
    E para quando um bom espumante ? Os espanhois vendem 10 milhões de garrafas de cava no mercado belga.
  6. oscar Thursday May 27th, 2010 | reply
    Olá José! Nunca tínhamos pensado nisso, talvez por aqui em casa ninguém ser um apaixonado de espumantes. O mercado belga gosta muito de espumantes e o Cava é um substituto barato do Champagne. A Bélgica é também um mercado importante para Vinho do Porto. Continue por aí José!

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