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!

Big Q: What do you foresee changing in the Port business over the next decade and a half?

The comprehensive Port, Douro wine and Madeira e-newsletter FOR THE LOVE OF PORT http://www.fortheloveofport.com does an excellent job in the promotion and education of Port wine and the Douro Valley.  Earlier this year the publication asked the following question to the Port trade: « We have seen many changes since the turn of the millennium, what do you foresee changing in the Port business over the next decade and a half? »

The response from the Port trade was very strong and Vincent was the main voice in Quinta do Tedo’s response, that I would like to share with you.  Although his answer takes into consideration the French market, it does show our feelings of a general trend in the Port trade and in Douro Valley tourism.

"The first thing is that Port, with 40 - 50% quantitatively consumed in French-speaking countries, is losing market share. Other international competitively-priced sweet wines have been introduced and better red wines are crafted in the old and new wine world. The large impact of stricter laws concerning drunk driving has reduced alcohol consumption and the economic crisis has had an impact on the individual’s budget. However, due to the promotional efforts of Portugal, the Douro will attract more and more tourists due to the fact of economic/low-cost flights coming into Oporto, that the Douro is only 1 1/2 hours by car from Oporto, that the Portuguese in the tourism industry speak multiple languages and French is often the 2nd language spoken and the Portuguese are hospitable, and the prices for lodging and dining are generally less expensive than in many other European countries. There are more and more French coming to the Douro and discovering the quality of the port and wine of the Douro. The French speakers are discovering other products than the largely consumed Ruby and Tawny in their home countries of France, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Port is a unique product with its own appellation, and the product line is diversified, to include Ruby/Tawny/LBV/Vintage and etc, and due to the climate and soil composition are certainly some of the wines that can age longer than others.  Anyone visiting the Douro since the late 1900’s will see a dramatic change with the wider selection of port and wines, hotels, restaurants, museums, tourist destinations that work together to promote.  The Douro mentality is more and more open and hence more hotels, restaurants, rent-a-cars, international wine tours, Great Wine Capitals, etc: the investment in the region and this ever-growing international dimension will see an increase in quality tourism coming to the Douro. This will further the international image of Port and wines of the Douro. The wines of the Douro with their unique grapes to include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca have unique characteristics that stand on their own, and do not need to have additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, for the reds, or Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites and the uniqueness of these Portuguese grapes produce, together with excellent winemakers with solid training, many outstanding products.  However, to keep growing in international acclaim, to continue to grow as a wine lover’s travel destination and to maintain the market share in dessert wines and table wines, collaboration with wineries, the Portuguese government and the tourism sector has never been more important."

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We await you to discover this unique region...

…and to enjoy a glass of Quinta do Tedo.

Cheers!

The comprehensive Port, Douro wine and Madeira e-newsletter FOR THE LOVE OF PORT http://www.fortheloveofport.com does an excellent job in the promotion and education of Port wine and the Douro Valley.  Earlier this year the publication asked the following question to the Port trade:

« We have seen many changes since the turn of the millennium, what do you foresee changing in the Port business over the next decade and a half? »

The response from the Port trade was very strong and Vincent was the main voice in Quinta do Tedo’s response, that I would like to share with you.  Although his answer takes into consideration the French market, it does show our feelings of a general trend in the Port trade and in Douro Valley tourism.

"The first thing is that Port, with 40 - 50% quantitatively consumed in French-speaking countries, is losing market share. Other international competitively-priced sweet wines have been introduced and better red wines are crafted in the old and new wine world. The large impact of stricter laws concerning drunk driving has reduced alcohol consumption and the economic crisis has had an impact on the individual’s budget. However, due to the promotional efforts of Portugal, the Douro will attract more and more tourists due to the fact of economic/low-cost flights coming into Oporto, that the Douro is only 1 1/2 hours by car from Oporto, that the Portuguese in the tourism industry speak multiple languages and French is often the 2nd language spoken and the Portuguese are hospitable, and the prices for lodging and dining are generally less expensive than in many other European countries. There are more and more French coming to the Douro and discovering the quality of the port and wine of the Douro. The French speakers are discovering other products than the largely consumed Ruby and Tawny in their home countries of France, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Port is a unique product with its own appellation, and the product line is diversified, to include Ruby/Tawny/LBV/Vintage and etc, and due to the climate and soil composition are certainly some of the wines that can age longer than others.  Anyone visiting the Douro since the late 1900’s will see a dramatic change with the wider selection of port and wines, hotels, restaurants, museums, tourist destinations that work together to promote.  The Douro mentality is more and more open and hence more hotels, restaurants, rent-a-cars, international wine tours, Great Wine Capitals, etc: the investment in the region and this ever-growing international dimension will see an increase in quality tourism coming to the Douro. This will further the international image of Port and wines of the Douro. The wines of the Douro with their unique grapes to include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca have unique characteristics that stand on their own, and do not need to have additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, for the reds, or Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites and the uniqueness of these Portuguese grapes produce, together with excellent winemakers with solid training, many outstanding products.  However, to keep growing in international acclaim, to continue to grow as a wine lover’s travel destination and to maintain the market share in dessert wines and table wines, collaboration with wineries, the Portuguese government and the tourism sector has never been more important."

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We await you to discover this unique region...

…and to enjoy a glass of Quinta do Tedo.

Cheers!

Why foot treading?

A dear friend Francoise asked me the above, so here we go with an answer…. Since sweet port is made from partial fermentation, to save the residual sugar that comes from our grapes, the maceration that puts the juice in contact with the grape’s skin (that obtain flavor, tannins and color) is reduced to 3 or 4 days.  In this short lapse of time we need to extract as much as we can from the skin.  This is why we foot tread.   The foot treading is very soft, like a massage for the grapes; 4 hours a day with an equivalent of 1 worker per 650 kgs/1430 lbs of grapes in an open tank called a lagare.  The feet of the workers are obviously clean and disinfected, no need to worry!  Foot treading disintegrates gently all the skin and liberates all the above mentioned components of the skin.  During foot treading the foot activity does not extract only from the grape’s skin, but also from the matured brown grape pits, by rolling under the feet, that liberates a very thin skin around the pits, called by my husband “pellicule”, that is very rich in aromas and soft tannins.

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Mechanical foot treading, on the other hand, if not properly adjusted, which is often the case, will aggressively break the pits, releasing the pit’s oil and green vegetable-like drying astringency, that will be bad for the port’s flavor.  Today none of the mechanical foot treaders can do a better job than what has been used for centuries; workers treading back and forth, sometimes to the accompaniment of an accordionist, sometimes playing games and taking a swig of port from a big carafe to pass the time away, and during this time gently extracting the components that make a world class port, as is the case at Quinta do Tedo.  Not only is our prestigious Vintage made this way, but all of our ports, due to the small dimension of our quinta and thanks to the number of workers and visitors that volunteer to foot tread.  If you have never tried, it is an unforgettable good time, let us know if you would like to come for a harvest and help out!

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Somewhat serious