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The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

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The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History


The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

When I received my initial itinerary for my journey to Portugal, I was pleased to see that we were going to visit Quinta do Vallado, a Douro winery that I knew something about. Back in 2014, I tasted and reviewed their 2011 Quinta do Vallado Reserve and I wrote: "Once you sample it, you'll discover a complex and enticing melange of flavors, including ripe plum, black cherry, fig, dark spices, mineral notes and hints of earthiness. Silky tannins, a long and pleasing finish, and excellent structure & balance. It is a hedonistic, delicious wine which will make you crave another glass." I was excited to taste more of their wines, to experience what else the winery had to offer.

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History


The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

Some of the buildings on the estate of Quinta do Vallado were established in 1716 while the Quinta itself was established in the 19th century by Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira (1811-1896), one of the most influential women in the history of Port wine. Her story is fascinating and maybe I'll write an article about her in the near future. Upon her death, she owned almost 30 Douro vineyards, the ownership which passed down to her family. In 1987, most of the Quintas were sold to Sogrape, except for Quinta do Vallado, which remained with the descendants of Dona Ferreira.

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

Quinta do Vallado is located on the banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro. The estate consists of about 70 hectares of vineyards, including 20 hectares of old vines, some more than 90 years old. The vineyards grow about 40 varieties of grapes, and very few international grapes. In 2009, they acquired a 30 hectare organic vineyard, located about 30 kilometers from the Spanish border, and hope to release their first organic wine next year. In addition, they purchase some grapes to fill their needs.

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

For many years, they sold off their grapes but in 1997 they produced their first wine, making about 30,000 bottles that year. Currently, production is about 1 million bottles (roughly 83,000 cases), divided into 70% Red wine, 10% White wine, the rest being Port and Rosé wines (with future plans to make Aged White Port). About 1/3 of their production is the Vallado Red. They export approximately 50% of their production, to over 40 countries.

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History


The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

Their cellars have about 900 French oak barrels, including 225 liter for reds and 500 liters for whites, though they age very few whites in oak. They have maybe 4-5 American oak barrels, for maturation of their Tinta Roriz, and also some Portuguese oak for the aging of their Ports, some of the barrels up to 16,000 liters.

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History


The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

In 2009, the Quinta built a new, state-of-the-art winery

The Passionate Foodie: Quinta do Vallado: A Douro Winery With A Rich History

This is one of their lagares, where the grapes are trod by foot. They do this for only a tiny portion of their production, primarily for Vintage Port.

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