This month’s blog is more an announcement than anything else for 2 reasons:
as of today, July 21, 2010 the Quinta do Tedo estate officially practices “bioviticulture”, aka organic viticulture in the US. In addition, coincidentally today as well, our new website www.quintadotedo.com is up and running, or I should say “our bird is flying”?! I wish that you could all be here to open up a fantastic bottle of Quinta do Tedo Vintage Porto or Douro DOC table wine to celebrate with us!
By becoming officially “bio”, a 4-year conversion process from sustainable viticulture (in practice at Quinta do Tedo since 1997), you as our customer have the certified guaranty that NO herbicides, NO insecticides and NO synthetic fertilizers are used in our vineyards. We have been practicing this form of viticulture since 1997 and, following the demand from our importers and buyers, we have now completed the administrative conversion process as of today. Being a single quinta, all of our grapes and olives are estate grown, so the Porto, Douro DOC and olive oil from Quinta do Tedo from now will be officially certified as “bio” starting this harvest 2010. About 10 of the 300+ producers of the Douro have made the conversion, and we proudly are one! How will this affect the porto, wine and olive oil from this harvest? Follow next month’s blog…..
Re our “new” www.quintadotedo.com : the quinta’s bird oenanthe leucurus continues to sing a song with more notes than ever! Quinta do Tedo, now a “bio” estate of 24 hectares/52 acres, located in a protected ecological reserve, bordered to the north by the Douro and to the south by the Tedo, in the heart of an Unesco World Heritage site is all the better a place for making excellent porto, wine and olive oil and….for our bird’s future. Click on the website and see the bird fly!
Lastly, I just wanted to show you the quinta’s current restoration, the roof is off since July! The quinta will become an even more lovely experience for our visitors, with new bathrooms, several rooms for accommodation, a kitchen for catered events and other modern touches.