How to prepare the soil to plant grape vines

While ants work on warm months to store up food for winter, we work on winter expecting to collect grapes on summer. And now is that time of the year when we are working on the next crop. But in the case you READ MORE

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

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

Warm temperatures and rain mean early harvest

During the last days, the weather in the Douro has been very unstable. It quickly changes from clear to a heavy storm, similar to tropical countries. Temperatures move between 15ºC and 28ºC in the middle of the afternoon. And when it rains it 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

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

2010 Harvest: the big show must start in a couple of weeks

Quick update from Denmark about how things are going in the vineyards. Yesterday in our vineyard in Quinta das Olgas, Mós, center of the Douro Superior, maturity control of the grapes showed already 12,5% potential alcohol. It seems grapes maturation is few days READ MORE

How are our small new vines behaving? Last months’ rainfall is helping

Can you remember an old post of white vines being planted in Quinta da Trovisca? You do? Now you can see how our little new vines are growing! They are now around 30 cm big and showing great vitality. Some will already produce READ MORE

Our vineyards flooded

Although feasible, I swear we are not spending our time on fish farming nor growing rice in our vineyards. The responsible for this scenery is the heavy rain that has been falling during the last weeks in the Douro. Even though it is READ MORE