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When we bought the quinta in 1992 the property was in dire need of renovation. Vincent and I were on a tight budget and we couldn’t commission a graphic artist to come up with a clever logo for branding. Instead we chose to use our own creativity. Our quinta, bordered by Douro and Tedo rivers, is home to an impressive variety of birds. Nature lovers that Vincent and I are, we agreed on a bird logo and chose the wheateater, or oenanthe leucurus that winters at the Tedo. Wanting a logo with graphic impact, we searched through books for ideas as the internet was less used the early 90s. We were particularly inspired by the illustrations from “Chez Panisse Café Cookbook”, (from the legendary restaurant in Berkeley, California where owner Alice Water pioneered California’s “farm-to-table” culinary movement). The cookbook’s visually strong vegetable block prints (they are lovely!) were the catalyst to what became our bird logo. Musical notes for the bird’s song were added to show our passion for music. The wing is shaped like a ½ heart to attract the romantic (all of us). Vincent felt that all these details would make for a successful label – eye catching, timeless and successful branding.
The bird logo is used for our different Porto and olive oil labels, and a modern partial cut of the bird is used for our Douro red wines labels. We have also used the bird logo to decorate the quinta – on walls, on signs, on cisterns – even on trash cans along Tedo river!
I am proud to share with you another artistic addition by youngest son Joe. As a project for his last highschool year, he designed a man carrying a basket full of grapes on his back and a lady cutting grapes in the vineyard, both common sights during the vindimia, or harvest. Cut out onto galvanized steel towering 2.5 – 3 m or 8 – 10 ft tall, these stylized designs will be placed strategically on our terraced vineyards. In the meantime Joe has painted the designs on our electric tower, sharing with those passing by 2 Portuguese harvest traditions.
Soon we will release another artistic addition: traditional azulejos decorationg the lagars, to be discussed in a future blog.
…for your ongoing support and to our Quinta do Tedo team’s hard work, word is out about 2 wonderful awards:
The bird is singing – l’oiseau chante – o pássaro canta - der Vogel singt - el pájaro canta – l’uccello canta !
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… pour votre incessant soutien et au dur labeur de l’équipe de Quinta do Tedo, il n’y a pas de mot pour ces 2 magnifiques prix :
Pour nos prestations d’Oenotourisme c.à.d. visites, dégustations et nos 5 chambres d’hôte.
L’oiseau chante – The bird is singing – o pássaro canta – der Vogel singt – el pájaro canta – l’Uccello canta !
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- The summer months are approaching, when Douro Valley sizzles as a destination for port and wine aficionados. We await you at Quinta do Tedo for yet another stellar enotourism season, and here are new additions that we proudly share with you, dear Friend of Quinta do Tedo.
Our 4.5 km Nature Trail, for a self-guided hike in the Tedo River Ecological Reserve with information plates about the flora, fauna and viticulture of our property, is open for all who come and visit. Partially along the river Tedo, then climbing through the terraced vineyard and past the Feitoria stones, the trail showcases our property’s diversity and beauty.
In addition to Tour and Wine Tasting options, we serve upon request traditional cheeses and chocolates in our tasting room for perfect combinations.
Wine workshops available to further your knowledge of Port and Douro DOC wines.
Not to forget our 5 bedrooms to make your stay in Douro Valley an unforgettable one.
I wrote last month about Quinta do Tedo’s 4.5 km nature trail that proudly includes feitoria stones. Think feitoria = fattoria = farm, and in Douro Valley a farm means a vineyard. What is the reason for these stone markers ?
As a way to solve rampant over-production of wine in 1755, when growing prosperity had led to corruption and wine adulteration, it was decided by the Marquês de Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal, to establish a demarcated Douro wine region, the 1st official wine region of the world. Between 1755 and 1761 a rigorous land survey registered all vineyards in the Douro, an official map and the A – F vineyard classification system were created, that is still used today. 335 feitoria stones, large rectangular granite markers were erected with the word Feitoria and the year chiseled on the face; the best quality wine was made within these boundaries, destined to the export market. Made of long-lasting granite as opposed to the softer schist so typical of the Douro region, today 103 are still standing and 2 can be found at Quinta do Tedo.
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Nous sommes fières d’annoncer une nouveauté à Quinta do Tedo : un sentier de pleine nature sur 4, 5 km/2, 8 miles presque terminé ! En fait, pour la commune, ou le chef lieu d’Armarmar, où est située Quinta do Tedo, c’est le premier de la sorte. C’est un chemin de randonnée officiellement reconnu, clairement balisé de bornes en pierre de schiste, qui possède 2 observatoires d’oiseaux, formule idéale pour voir l’oiseau migratoire, mascotte de notre Quinta, « l’oenanthe leucurus » et aussi de nombreux autres oiseaux.
Un chemin parallèle à notre sentier de pleine nature recèle 2 fameuses bornes feitoria (sujet traité dans le blog du mois prochain) implantées dans les années 1700, lorsque le Marquis de Pombal délimita la Vallée du Douro comme la première appellation viticole du monde. Nos invités et visiteurs B&B (Agritourisme) de la Quinta sont les bienvenus pour une randonnée qui les fera suivre la rivière Tedo, serpenter à travers les vignobles et flâner dans la garigue méditerranéenne ; des panonceaux fournissent des informations sur la flore, la faune et notre domaine. En chemin, il peut arriver que vous soyez rejoints par nos chiens qui sont amicaux et qui connaissent la configuration des lieux.
Pour les amoureux du vin tout comme pour ceux de la nature, quelle meilleure façon de comprendre le « terroir » que de le parcourir à pied. Je suis fière que la Quinta do Tedo contribue à la promotion de la Vallée du Douro, non seulement pour sa richesse viticole mais également pour la beauté de sa nature
We are proud to announce an addition to Quinta do Tedo: a 4.5 km/2.8 mile nature trail, almost complete! In fact, for the Armarmar concelho, or county, where Quinta do Tedo is located, this is the first of its kind. This is an officially approved trail clearly marked with shist posts, and includes 2 stations for bird watching, a perfect way to view our Quinta’s mascot migratorial bird oenanthe leucurus, in addition to many other birds.
An alternate route of our nature trail includes 2 famous feitoria stones (to be discussed in next month’s blog), put into place in the 1700s when the Marquis de Pombal demarcated Douro Valley as the first viticultural appellation of the world. Our B&B (agroturismo) guests and visitors to the quinta are welcome to walk the trail, that will follow the Tedo river and meander through the vineyards and traverse the Mediterranean scrub; markers will provide information regarding the flora, fauna and our estate. While hiking the trail you may be joined by our dogs, they are friendly and know the lay of the land.
For the wine lover and nature lover alike, what better way to understand the “terroir” than to walk it. I am proud that Quinta do Tedo is promoting Douro Valley, not only in her viticultural richness but also in her natural beauty.