Open for business – Bistro Terrace!

July 29, 2016

We are thrilled to have Bistro Terrace  - our tours and tastings visitors have asked us for years “why not have a little something to pair with Quinta do Tedo Portos and Douro DOC red wines”?!  The idea gained steam when 22-yr-old Odile and 24-yr-old Paolo pushed for the venture, and our doors are open since mid-July!  The dedicated team, with culinary, restaurant and people talents have added a modern and international twist to classic Portuguese dishes - mais bien sûr! Open until mid-October…

Photos to tickle your taste buds…

Bolinhos bacalhau

Bolinhos de bacalhau with piri-piri aioli.

Bacalhau

Bacalhau salad with soft-boiled egg and fried chick peas.

Duck RIce

Arroz de pato – rice with duck – with seared duck magret and apricot puree accent.

Chocolate cake

Flourless chocolate cake with our quinta’s candied orange strips.

Porto Rose on the Rocks

Porto Rosé cocktail – refreshing in the 40 C /100 F heat!

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Bistro Terrace Team – Niko Delios, Odile Bouchard, Marina Budrys, Colin Cronin and Paolo Bouchard.

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Fun with customers.

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Overlooking the Douro, a perfect place to come, enjoy and dream.

We await you at Bistro Terrace!

Recent Awards for Quinta do Tedo

June 29, 2016
Cheers!

Cheers!

We are proud to share with you several 2016 awards for Quinta do Tedo. International wine competitions help us to measure where we stand compared to other producers and to receive recognition for our hard work in producing every year Portos and Douro DOC red wines of great quality.  The awards also do help us sell our product. Both London-based International Wine Competition (IWC) and San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC), 2 highly-regarded wine competitions, have awarded us gratifying results:

DOUBLE GOLD - Quinta do Tedo LBV 2010 (SFIWC)

GOLD - Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC Reserva 2012 (IWC)

SILVER – Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC 2012 (IWC)

SILVER - Quinta do Tedo LBV 2010 (IWC)

SILVER – Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC 2011 (IWC)

SILVER – Quinta do Tedo Douro DOC Grande Reserva Savedra 2011 (SFIWC)

Thank you to our very talented winemaker Jorge Alves and hardworking team in the vineyard, in the cellar and in the tasting room. Always room for improvement, we are thrilled all the same.

Cheers – Saúde – à Votre santé’ - Salud – Prost ! ……

Eye Candy in Oporto

May 31, 2016

Food lovers unite!  Eye candy is showcased on nearly every street in Oporto with so many unique Portuguese food specialties. Take a morning walk, starting at the covered produce market Mercado Bolhao, and continue on via the  pedestrian street Rua Santa Catarina and Rua Impero,  A perfect picnic lunch in the making, of course with a bottle of Quinta do Tedo.

Sausages and cured meats – smoked, rubbed in paprika, infused or not with garlic, spices and paprika, made of pork to include linguiça, blood sausage morçela, flour and ground pork farinheira and garlicky chouriço, or chicken and bread alheira.

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Portugal boasts excellent bread!  Try pão de milho - cornbread with a chewy crust that asks for another bite, dipped in olive oil or slathered with sweet butter and sea salt as you are waiting for a course, or with cheese at the end of a meal.  Top photo shows breads are named from where they are from – Amarante,  Foz Coa, etc.  Croissants, denser and richer with egg yolks added to the dough, are not to be missed.  Directly above is a photo of a bola - a savory and almost custardy bread laden with cubes of of fiambre, flavorful ham.

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Bacalhau or salt cod is called the national Portuguese dish, with 364 recipes – 1 for each day!  Available in any imaginable cut, the thicker the more expensive.  Note: Islanda or Iceland is specified in the above photo, the country of origin. Orginally fished in Atlantic waters off the Portuguese coast, today most salt cod sold in Portugal is fished in the waters closer to the North Pole, to include Norway and Iceland.Bonbons in abbondanza!  Different shapes and colors, hard covers to roll around in the mouth and often with almonds in the center.  One asks for another.

Enjoy the limitless eye candy in Oporto, and  finish off the day with … a glass of Quinta do Tedo!

(Français) Un mois d’avril très humide

April 30, 2016
Dam releases water between Régua and Quinta do Tedo.

Dam releases water between Régua and Quinta do Tedo.

Lâcher d’eau au barrage situé entre Régua et Quinta do Tedo.

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 Brèches dans les murs dues aux pluies abondantes.

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Réparation en cours des murs en pierres sèches d’1 mètre (3 pieds) d’épaisseur.

Alors que  la saison des pluies devait être normalement terminée, la vallée du Douro a subi un mois d’avril particulièrement humide.

D’après l’ADVID (Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura – l’ association viticole de la vallée du Douro), les précipitations de cette saison dépassent de 25% la normale. Le mois d’avril, quant à lui, affiche un excédent de 200% par rapport à la moyenne des 30 dernières années. Même si  ceci peut ne pas sembler excessif, les pluies intenses d’avril ont entraîné la chute de murs en pierres sèches dans les plus vieilles terrasses ainsi que  des inondations à Régua. Le paysage de la vallée du Douro, murs et  vignoble en terrasses façonnés par les activités humaines, a permis à cette dernière d’être classée au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Une aide financière pour la reconstruction des murs est désormais possible. Une mane inespérée!

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Débourrement

On pourrait penser: “Plus de pluie, plus de grappes”. Ce n’est pourtant pas forcément le cas. Certes le poids et le volume des grappes pourraient être supérieurs à certaines années, mais le résultat ne se verra qu’à la vendange, dans 4 mois et demi. Il y a un dicton qui dit : “Ne parlez pas du temps, vous aurez toujours tort !”

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Abondance de fleurs sauvages printanières

Abondance de fleurs sauvages printanières – notre parcours nature de 5 km/3,5 milles offre ce petit plus! La Quinta do Tedo est située dans une réserve écologique: la diversité d’oiseaux y est  impressionnante et leurs chants si mélodieux! Nous y trouvons l’Oenanthe leucura , le Traquet rieur qui inspira le logo de notre Quinta et bien d’autres encore…

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Un cheval laboureur : le cheval Tedo

Le labourage par le cheval Tedo permet au sol de “respirer” et d’y incorporer  des plantes légumineuses riches en azote (tels les magnifiques lupins), des composées ( pâquerettes, asters, soucis etc…) et des graminées qui combattent l’érosion.

Le printemps a fait son apparition !

A very wet April

April 28, 2016
Dam releases water between Régua and Quinta do Tedo.

Dam releases water between Régua and Quinta do Tedo.

A wall to repair.

Excessive rain = fallen walls.

Repair underway - note the thickness of our dry walls - 1 M / 3'.

Repair underway – thickness of our dry walls – 1 M / 3′.

Douro Valley has had an extra wet April, when normally the rainy season is over. According to ADVID (Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense - Douro Valley’s viticultural association) this sesaon’s precipitation is 25% above normal, and for the month of April 200% above the 30-year average. While this may not seem excessive, the intense April rains resulted in some of the older terraced dry walls falling down, (and flooding in Régua). Since Douro Valley is a Unesco World Heritage Site, based on a criteria that man has shaped the land to include the traditional walls and terraced vineyards, some financial aid is possible to rebuild the walls.  A saving grace.

Bud break!

Bud break!

With more rainfall one may presume that means more grapes.  Not the case; the weight and volume of the clusters will be heavier.  The result will be at harvest, 4.5 months to go.  There is a saying “don’t speak about the weather – you are always wrong!”.

Wild flowers in abondanza.

Wild flowers in abondanza.

Springtime wildflowers in abundância – our 5 km/3.5 mi nature trail offers this added perk.  Also, as Quinta do Tedo is located in an ecological reserve, the variety of birds here is most impressive and their songs so melodic, to include the Oenanthe leucura aka black wheatear, the bird that inspired our Quinta do Tedo logo.

Horse Tedo plows the soil.

Horse Tedo plows the soil.

Horse Tedo, plowing the land, turns the soil to “breathe” and incorporates the nitrogen-replenishing leguminosae plant family (to include beautiful lupines) and the compositae (daisies, asters, marigolds, etc) and the gramigna plant families (grasses) that work against erosion.

Spring has sprung!

Porto, wine and food pairings at Quinta do Tedo

March 29, 2016

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This summer lunch and small snacks during the day, and dinner as well for our B and B guests at our Eno-Agroturismo, will be offered at Quinta do Tedo. To share our passion for traditional Portuguese recipes and specialties with a modern culinary twist, the Bouchards will serve you delicious food pairings while tasting the Quinta do Tedo portfolio. Come make yourself at home and take in the natural and historic beauty of our estate and the Douro landscape.  Starting mid-July and continuing through October reservations are welcome http://info@quintadotedo.com or call (351)254789165.

We await you!

(Français) Bistro terrasse – Une symphonie Portos, vins et cuisine

March 25, 2016

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Quinta do Tedo in the US!

February 28, 2016

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Online ordering!  Quinta do Tedo Offerings – available to you 2 times a year at http://www.cellarcollections.com.  An outstanding selection in a limited quantity available NOW for delivery of our Portos, Douro DOC Red Wines and Olive Oil.  Order now while the supply lasts – first come first served!

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By the way, original artwork by daughter Odile Bouchard – Parabéns aka congratulations!

(Français) Aux Etats-Unis commande en ligne

February 25, 2016

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(Français) Meilleurs voeux de Quinta do Tedo

December 21, 2015

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