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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Holiday greetings from Quinta do Tedo

December 19, 2015

Quinta do Tedo Holiday Card

Olive Harvest and Olive Oil 2015

November 30, 2015
Harvest underway at Quinta do Tedo

Olive harvest underway at Quinta do Tedo.

Harvested mid-November the crop was abundant and healthy, picked during sunny days and taken to one of the few Portuguese organic olive oil press facilities aka lagar de azeite (in existence since the late 1600s!) called Casa de Santo Amaro in nearby Mirandela. First press using a cold method of extraction, the result is an extra virgin olive oil that is concentrated in flavor and irresistible – fruity, soft yet with peppery and bitter notes, full mid-mouth and with a long finish.

Lighter green verdial variety.

Lighter green verdial.

Darker purple cordovan variety.

Darker purple cordovil.

An almond shape to the Carrasquenha variety.

An almond-shaped  carrasquenha.

Possilby moleirinha variety.

Possibly moleirinha.

The above photos show different olive varieties at Quinta do Tedo, they were taken in October about a month before the olive harvest.

When asked what dishes are complimented by our olive oil my response is almost the same as for our red wines; a cuisine based on onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers and herbs – ironically what flourishes in our summer vegetable garden. Perfect for dressing salad, with a little vinegar, freshly cracked black pepper and fleur de sel. The culinary options are endless, a drizzle will heighten many dishes.

An interesting note is that there are over 600 olive cultivars, a plant variety that has been selectively breeded,  There is only one species in the olea genus, europaea, that produces the edible olives and oil. The olive is native to Asia Minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Mediterranean basin 6,000 years ago. It is among the oldest known cultivated tree in the world – being grown before the written language was invented.

For more information about our olive plantings please consult my 1/2011 blog http://www.quintadotedo.com/blog/?p=128.  Our 2015 olive oil will be available in January 2016.

(Français) Récolte des olives et huile d’olive 2015

November 29, 2015
Récolte des olives en cours à Quinta do Tedo

Récolte des olives en cours à Quinta do Tedo.

Effectuée mi-novembre la récolte était abondante et saine, ramassée durant de belles journées ensoleillées et emportée dans l’un des rares moulins portugais bio aka lagar de azeite (existant depuis la fin des années 1600) appelé Casa de Santo Amaro près de Mirandela. Procédant par une première presse d’extraction à froid, il en sort une huile d’olive extra vierge, concentrée en parfums et irrestiblement fruitée, douce mais aux notes poivrées et amères, pleine en milieu de bouche et à une longue finale.

Verdial. Vert plus clair.

Verdial. Vert plus clair.

Cordovil. Pourpre sombre.

Cordovil. Pourpre sombre.

Carrasquenha.En forme d’amande.

Carrasquenha. En forme d’amande.

Peut-être Moleirinha.

Peut-être Moleirinha.

Les photos ci-dessus, prises en octobre, environ un mois avant la récolte, montrent les différentes variétés d’olives à Quinta do Tedo.

Quand on me demande quels plats peuvent être accompagnés de notre huile d’olive, ma réponse est presque toujours la même que pour celle de nos vins rouges ; une cuisine à base d’oignons, d’ail, tomates, poivrons et herbes – ironiquement ce qui pousse dans notre potager en été. Parfait pour les sauces de salades, avec un peu de vinaigre, du poivre noir fraîchement moulu et de la fleur de sel. Les possibilités culinaires sont infinies un filet relève beaucoup de plats.

Une remarque intéressante est qu’il y a plus de 600 variétés d’olives cultivées, une variété de plante qui a été reproduite de manière selective, la seule essence dans le genre olea europaea qui produit les olives et l’huile comestibles. L’olive est originaire de l’Asie mineure et s’est propagée de l’Iran, la Syrie et la Palestine jusqu’au reste du basin méditerranéen il y a 6.000 ans. C’est l’un des plus vieux arbres connus cultivés dans le monde, cultivé avant que l’écriture ne fût inventée.

Pour plus d’informations à propos de notre oliveraie, consultez mon blog de janvier 2011.


Notre huile d’olive millésime 2015 sera disponible en janvier 2016.

(Français) Azulejos à Quinta do Tedo

October 28, 2015

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