Harvest news: beautiful and healthy grapes!

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Harvest comments from Jorge and Vincent: beautiful and healthy grapes!  Not a large harvest and grapes are small and very concentrated.  Started early on 31 August to be sure to have maximal fruit aromas and acidity, and almost finished  before mid-September rains. Visitors are asking if this looks like a Vintage year and the indicators look very promising.

Harvest highlights:

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We have had a gorgeous September – warm, dry and perfect for basking in the sun when not working (I wish…).  Visitors show more interest than ever as to how Port is made and we are proud to have a solid visitor’s center with personable technical guided tours followed with tastings of our « nectars » - Ruby, Finest Reserve Ruby, Tawny, 10 and 20 year Tawnies, Late Bottled Vintage, and different Vintages, Douro DOC, Douro DOC Reserva, Douro DOC Grande Reserva Savedra and our organic Olive Oil.

Tedo Valley and etc:

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We await you !

Summertime at Quinta do Tedo

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.

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.

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 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!

The Feitoria stone's mark on Douro Valley history

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.

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!

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

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

2009 in review and more....

With the holiday season upon us and another decade around the corner it is a good time to reflect on highlights of 2009 and of the decade that we will shortly bid “adieu” to. 2009:

- Among many international awards received for both our portos and table wines, Decanter lavished Quinta do Tedo with “International Trophy Best Blend” and “Best of Northern Portugal” for our Douro DOC 2007 red table wine, a lusciously round and mouth filling wine that sells at a very decent price.

- Aging cellar enlarged with 2 x 7500L new upright French oak tanks, for aging our Vintage, LBV, Tawny and Ruby ports.

- After a long process we have permits in hand to start the quinta’s restoration, that will include an apartment for guests.  Permits to build a new wine facility are close to approval, a challenging process since the Douro Valley is a UNESCO world heritage sight and the Tedo river is an ecological reserve.

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For the decade:

2008 - All public places at the quinta paved in traditional granite cobblestones

2007 -1st full-time tour guide hired

2006 - Process begins to go organic

2005 - Large tasting room finished and Tawny, Douro DOC’s Reserva and Grande Reserva added to product line

2004 - Small tasting room finished and direct shipment begins

2003 - Hugo Fonseca joins Quinta do Tedo as Assistant Winemaker and 1st Douro DOC red table wine made

2002 - 4 traditional 5500L rotating stainless steel tanks purchased for Douro DOC red table wine program

2001 - Reconstruction and modernization of concrete tanks for Porto storage

2000 - ha/2.2 acres of Touriga Nacional planted

I already know what will be an important highlight of 2010: we will complete the 4-year process to become organic, to replace our current “protection raisonable” status. We are thrilled to start the restoration that will only improve Quinta do Tedo’s standards, not to mention enlarging to have guests!

Come and visit

WE TOAST TO YOU WITH A GLASS OF QUINTA DO TEDO PORTO AND WISH YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH LOVED ONES, PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TO ALL!

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