First step for grape vine planting in the Douro valley

With the Christmas sale season almost over on our side, what keep us busy now is grape vine pruning and new plantings. All the orders that were scheduled to be delivered before Christmas are on the way. So it is time to look READ MORE

Mechanical grape sorting system for premium wines

Now that the harvest is over, it is time to share with you one of the most amazing machines that the winemakers have now available (at a pretty high cost) to sort grapes. This new grape sorting system is working in Fundação Eugénio READ MORE

2012 harvest in the Douro, in a blink

We are slowly approaching the end of the harvest in the Douro valley. After few days of rain in the end of September, the weather was pretty good, with temperatures around 20º and dry weather. Early this week, it rained again and it is READ MORE

The most recent (not so good) news from the Douro valley

Things are not going as wished in the Douro valley. After a very dry Winter and a wet and windy flowering, now, in the middle of the summer, it was time for the hail to come. So far, we had a couple of READ MORE

Shoot topping to improve yield

At this time of the year, in the middle of July, few weeks after grape flowering has finished, we cut the top of the shooting, sending the message to the vine to stop growing more shoots and to focus on the grapes. This READ MORE

Heat wave burns sun facing grape berries

In the aftermath of a three-day heat wave at the beginning of this week, the balance is not favorable to the grapes. The hottest period was between Monday 25th and Thursday 28th with temperatures rising up to 48ºC at noon, with overnight temperatures READ MORE

Another generous harvest in the Douro?

The new vegetative cycle for the vines is at full steam. After pruning the vines during the Winter, at a time that vines show very little activity, with Spring comes bud break and flowering to the vineyards, bringing new green fresh colors to READ MORE

Resuming harvest after rain delays in the Douro valley

We are starting today the second phase of our marathon, also know as harvest. After picking up the grapes from our vineyards by the Douro river, Quinta Vale d’Agodinho, Alegria and Mós, which we finished on September 24th, we decided to make a 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

Happy yeasts cover the top of the tank with foam

This is the fermentation tank that received the first grapes of 2010 harvest. Must is already fermenting and yeasts are so happy for the juice they have inside that are sending a lot of foam outside. Strange way of communicating…! With all this READ MORE

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