Thanks to Friends of Quinta do Tedo…

June 30, 2015

…for your ongoing support and to our Quinta do Tedo team’s hard work, word is out about 2 wonderful awards:

Best of Nation in San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015, to include Double Gold 94 pts for our Vintage Port 2011.

Best of Nation –  San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015, to include Double Gold 94 pts for our Vintage Port 2011.

For our Wine Tourism services to include tours, tastings and our 5 guest rooms.

For our Wine Tourism services to include tours, tastings and our 5 guest rooms.

The bird is singing – l’oiseau chante – o pássaro canta - der Vogel singt - el pájaro canta – l’uccello canta !

Autre type de signalisation, indiquant comment arriver à Quinta do Tedo.

We await you at Quinta do Tedo.

Here are links for your browsing:

http://sfwinecomp.com/pdf/W15-BestOfNation.pdf

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g2253901-d2639883-Reviews-Quinta_do_Tedo-Folgosa_Porto_District_Northern_Portugal.html

Summertime at Quinta do Tedo

May 31, 2015
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.
Quinta do Tedo Nature Trail overview from vantage point.

Quinta do Tedo Nature Trail overview from vantage point.

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.

Tour and Tastings options.

Tour and Tastings options.

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.

Wine Workshops available.

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.

Cheers!

(Français) L’été à Quinta do Tedo

May 30, 2015

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The Feitoria stone’s mark on Douro Valley history

April 30, 2015
One of Quinta do Tedo's feitoria stone markers.

One of Quinta do Tedo’s feitoria stone markers.

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 ?

Strong-fisted Marquês de Pombal, responsible for demarcating Douro wine region.

Strong-fisted Marquês de Pombal, responsible for demarcating Douro wine region in 1755.

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.

Statue of strong-fisted Marquês de Pombal, at entrance to Peso da Regua - in granite, of course!

Marquês de Pombal statue at entrance to Peso da Regua – in granite, of course!

Typical Douro Valley schist wall - stones are softer and smaller stones keep soil in place.

Typical Douro Valley schist wall – stones are softer and smaller stones keep soil in place.

Another kind of marker - showing how to arrive to Quinta do Tedo

Another kind of marker – showing how to arrive to Quinta do Tedo.

Always time to enjoy a glass of Quinta do Tedo port or Douro DOC wines - cumprimentos!

Always time to enjoy a glass of Quinta do Tedo port or Douro DOC wine – cumprimentos!

(Français) Les bornes en pierre, la Feitoria, l’histoire de la vallée du Douro

April 29, 2015

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(Français) Chemin de randonnée à Quinta do Tedo

March 31, 2015
Une des nombreuses bornes en pierre de schiste qui balisent le long des 4, 5 km/2, 8 miles notre sentier de nature

Une des nombreuses bornes en pierre de schiste qui balisent le long des 4, 5 km/2, 8 miles notre sentier de nature.

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.

Le sentier longe le Tedo et surplombe les vignobles.

Un sentier parallèle avec des bornes feitoria.

Un sentier parallèle avec des bornes feitoria.

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.

Nos chiens sont des compagnons idéaux pour la randonnée.

Nos chiens sont des compagnons idéaux pour la randonnée.

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

De minuscules fougères poussant dans les murs de pierres sèches le long du sentier.

De minuscules fougères poussant dans les murs de pierres sèches le long du sentier.

Euphorbes en fleurs ; fleurs jaunes premiers signes majeurs du printemps.

Euphorbes en fleurs ; fleurs jaunes premiers signes majeurs du printemps.

Le printemps est là.

Le printemps est là.

Pâques est bientôt là – célébrer avec les Portos et les vins Douro DOC de Quinta do Tedo!

Pâques est bientôt là – célébrer avec les Portos et les vins Douro DOC de Quinta do Tedo!

Hiking Trail at Quinta do Tedo

March 30, 2015
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One of many schist markers along our 4.5 km/2.8 mile nature trail.

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.

The trail follows the Tedo and climbs in elevation through the vineyards.

The trail follows the Tedo and climbs in elevation through the vineyards.

Alternate route includes feitoria stones.

Alternate route includes feitoria stones.

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.

Our dogs are perfect companions for the trail.

Our dogs are perfect companions for the trail.

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.

Ferns growing in vineyard terraced wall

Tiny ferns growing in dry rock walls along the trail.

Euphorbia in bloom; yellow flowers dominates the first sign of Spring.

Euphorbia in bloom; yellow flowers dominates Spring’s first signs.

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Easter is around the corner - time for Quinta do Tedo port and Douro DOC.

Easter is around the corner – time for Quinta do Tedo port and Douro DOC.

The Douro Valley – Burgundy Connection

February 28, 2015
King Afonso, 1st King of Portugal in the 1100s, from the Duchy of Burgundy lineage.

King Afonso, 1st King of Portugal in the 1100s, from the Duchy of Burgundy lineage.

There is a historic and present day connection between Douro Valley and Burgundy; let me recount the historic connection, according partly to Vincent and partly to legitimate sources.

It was during the Moorish invasion (back in the 1000s) when more muscle was needed to fight, that the Duchy of Burgundy, more powerful at the time than the Kingdom of France, was asked to help Spain.

Sao Pedro das Águias, once a Cistercian monastery in the what is today Douro Valley.

Sao Pedro das Águias, once a Cistercian monastery, in the what is today Douro Valley.

Thanks to Spain’s and the Duchy of Burgundy’s bravura, the Moors were defeated and indebted King Alfonso of Spain strategically gave his daughter, Teresa, in marriage to Henry, the younger son of Henry of Burgundy, (native of Dijon!).  As part of her dowry was included the northwest of Spain that became part of Portugal.  Their son, Afonso I, became the first King of Portugal. The House of Burgundy, or Afonsine Dynasty, ruled the Kingdom of Portugal from 1143-1383, and it was during this time that the region’s vineyards, to include what is today Douro Valley, were further developed by Cistercian monks, most probably Burgundian!

Douro View from Maramalal - Version 3

Douro Valley, UNESCO World Heritage, Quinta do Tedo in the foreground.

The Douro Valley – Burgundy connection surfaces again in this century, with regards to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Douro Valley received UNESCO status in 2001, based on the criteria of human influence on its development over the last 2000 years of winemaking that have shaped it into a terraced, vine-covered, wine-producing destination.  Burgundy awaits UNESCO World Heritage status to be decided in June 2015, with criteria majorly based on the “climats”, or individual vineyard parcels, that differentiate Burgundy from other viticultural regions in the world.  It is the “terroir” that Burgundy is famous for; the differences from one row to the next can be so acute. The area lies roughly between Dijon and Beaune.

In Burgundy the history of climats dates back to the monks at the Cluny and Citeaux Abbeys in the 1000s, who began the culture of vineyard delineation. This is roughly the same time that the Cistercian monks brought their knowledge of the vine to what become Portugal.  Small world, even back then.

Fingers crossed and long live the Douro Valley – Burgundy connection.

(Français) La parenté Vallée du Douro – Bourgogne

February 27, 2015

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