Quinta do Vallado

Country: Douro - Portugal

Region: Douro


The Estate - Tradition

Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley.

It once belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and still belongs to her descendents. It lies on both banks of the Corgo River, a tributary to the Douro river, right near to its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua.

For almost 200 years, Quinta do Vallado´s main activity was the production of Porto wines, that were commercialized by the Ferreira Port House (belonging to the Ferreira family). Following Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira´s great achievement, her Great grand-son Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, and his son Jorge Cabral Ferreira were the main architects of the further development of the Quinta´s vineyards and winery.

The Estate - Modern Times

Moving from the centuries-old tradition of selling the farm´s production to the Ferreira Portwine House, in 1993, under the direction of Guilherme Álvares Ribeiro and his wife Maria Antónia Ferreira, the company decided to extend the business towards the production, bottling and marketing of own-label wines.

Also in 1993 under the guidance of Prof. Nuno Magalhães, a deep restructuring of the vineyards was started, with the objective of increasing the production of high quality grape varieties.
These new vineyards were planted with the best varieties in single plots, breaking with the old tradition of planting many different varieties in the same vineyard.

The homogenization of treatment, ripening and picking times made for a clear improvement in processes and translated into a much more regular, easy to control and economically effective quality production.

One of the methods introduced was to implement a general preliminary survey of the crop. This allows to prune out surplus clusters from some of the high-producing varieties, while still green, greatly enhancing the quality and the richness of the remaining grapes.

With 50 ha of vineyards aged from 6 to 15 years and having kept 20 ha of the best old plots, more than 80 years old, Quinta do Vallado, and it’s executives João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira (head of agricultural management) and Francisco Olazabal (oenologist), all descendants of Dona Antónia, has achieved national and international acclaimed levels of quality and recognition.

The new winery and barriques cellar, started to be built in 2008, and with conclusion expected in the fall of 2009, put together a state of the art technology with a very high quality architecture project, which makes it one of the places to visit, in the Douro valley.

The Vineyards

Quinta do Vallado´s 70 ha of vineyards are for the most planted in south and west facing slopes of slate soil, excellent for an optimum ripening of the grapes, taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate.

Two thirds of the vineyards are planted in terraces with a single row of vines, pruned according to the double cordon system. The dominant varieties are, in reds, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Barroca, Tinta Amarela and Sousão, and in the whites, Viosinho, Rabigato, Moscatel, Verdelho (Gouveio) and Arinto.

The old vines follow the ground lines and are planted in continuous rows distanced 1.2 m, with 1m between each plant. There are more than 40 varieties, but the predominant ones are Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Barroca and Touriga Franca.

Ageing -The Cellars

In 2009 a new barrique cellar was built, partially underground, with a capacity for approximately 1000 barriques, and with perfect conditions for temperature and humidity control. During 16 to 20 months, the best wines mature in French oak barriques, where they acquire the tannins and aromas given by the wood. The barriques are provided by French producers Seguin Moreau, François Fréres and Taransaud. Entry level wines mature for around 9 months in stainless steel vats, being bottled and released 1 year after the harvest.

Quinta do Vallado Collection


Douro Branco Price € 11.60

01. Branco2

Sensory features: This wonderful Douro white is a blend of Rabigato, Verdelho, Viosinho and Arinto grapes. It shows a brilliant citrus green colour, offering floral and ripe apricot aromas with a touch of melon. Dry fruits follow, producing a full, well balanced flavour.

Best served : with a variety of appetisers, fat fish and white meats.

Technical notes :
Grape varieties : Rabigato, Viosinho, Arinto and Verdelho

Vinification : The grapes were fermented through the process called “bica aberta”. This process lasted for nearly one month at temperatures varying between 14º and 16ºC.

Alcohol content: 12.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Douro Branco Reserva Price € 24.20

03. Vallado Branco Reserva

Sensory features: Ripe, rich and powerful, with concentrated pear, apple and citrus flavours that are supported by plenty of fresh acidity. Full-bodied, firm and juicy, with smoky and mineral notes, and a persistent finish. A top quality oak aged white wine that bares resemblance with a white Burgundy.

Technical notes

Grape varieties: Rabigato, Gouveio, Arinto and Viosinho.

Vinification: Fermentated in 500 litres French Oak barrels from different forests: Allier, Vosges and Nevers. 70% in new barriques, and the rest in one year old casks.

Ageing: Aged for 10 months in French oak casks, with periodical batonnage.

Ageing potential: 3 years.

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Douro Tinto Price € 12.60

05. Vallado Tinto

Made in the Douro, the valley where port vines are grown, this wine contains the same grape varieties as traditional port, and its fruit character shares many of the same qualities.

Sensory features: Dark red, with crimson highlights, having an intense, mature blackberry and ripe purple plum aromas burst from the glass with interesting accents of sage and tarragon. On the palate this shows a great structure and a full-bodied elegance, with mature dark berries, round tannins, leading to a long, persistent finish.

Technical notes :

Grape varieties: Touriga Franca (30%), Touriga Nacional (25%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Sousão (5%) e Vinhas Velhas (20%).

Vinification: The grapes from the younger vineyards contributed with 80% of the final blend. The remaining 20% came from the very old parts of the vineyards (over 70 year old). The great majority of the wines, both from the old as from the newer vineyards, were fermented in 10.000 kgs stainless steel tanks for a week. A small part of the grapes from the old vineyards were foot trodden and fermented in 'lagares' for the same period. All wines were fermented under controlled temperature varying between 25º and 27ºC. The finest of the press wine, from a traditional basket press, was also used for ageing for the final blend.

Ageing: 80% aged for 14 months in stainless steel tanks. The remaining 20% aged in 225 litres used French Oak barrique for 14 months until final blending.

Ageing potential: 5 -7 years.

Best served: with hearty red meats such as beef, rabbit or lamb, amply salted and seasoned with pungent accents like fresh green herbs, anchovies, capers and garlic.

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Tres Merlos Price € 14.70

TRes Merlos

Sensory features: At Quinta do Vallado there are three types of Blackbird and these protected species served as inspiration for the name and label of this wine. Concentrated, with balsamic notes of oak wood and red fruits. Good structure, fleshy with round tannins. Persistent with a fresh finish. 

Techinacal Notes

Vinification: The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in 10.000 kg and 5.000 kg stainless steel tanks and a small part in granite "lagares". The grapes fermented under controlled temperature varying between 23ª and 25ªC with mechanical remontage for one week.

Grape varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Sousão and old vines.

Ageing: 45% aged for 16 months in 225 litres French oak barrels; the remaining 55% aged for the same period in stainless steel tanks.

Bottle size: 750ml

Alcohol: 13.5º

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Sousão Price € 24.20

06. Vallado Souso

Made every year since 2003 by Francisco Olazabal, the sixth generation of the family to make wine at this historic estate. Sousão is one of the less well-known port grapes and this wine brings out its friendlier side, with typical freshness and grip softened by smoky palate and generous creamy oak.

Sensory features: A deep red almost opaque wine. Having rich scents of dark berries, balsamic oak notes, tobacco and spice. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, fleshy with good acidity, long fresh finish with black fruit notes.

Technical notes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Grape varieties: 100% Sousão

Vinification: The grapes for this wine were foot trodden in traditional granite lagares-vats over 6 days.

Ageing: Malolatic fermentation and ageing in new French oak barrels for 20 months prior to final blending

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

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Touriga Nacional Price € 24.20

07. Vallado Touriga Nacional

Sensory features: With a dark crimson colour, this Touriga Nacional boasts great concentration and aromas of bergamot and wild fruits, with violet and spicy hints. The taste is sweet, round and mature, with silky tannins. Red fruits follow through from the nose into a long, concentrated, fresh finish. A rare, beautiful and inexpensive example

Technical Notes
Grape variety: 100% Touriga Nacional

Vinification
The grapes come from the estate vineyards planted in 1994 are vinified in Quinta do Vallado winery in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, each holding a maximum of 5 tons of grapes, with manual remontage. After malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, the wine is racked to 225 litre Frech oak barriques, where it stays there for 16 months. 55%of these barrels are new, and the remaining were used for 1 -2 years old barriques, so that the Touriga Nacional aromas are not overcome by oak.

Best served: serve at room temperature with light meat dishes, such as pork, flavourful, hard cheeses from cow or sheep‟s milk.

Alcohol content: 14.0%

Bottle size: 750 ml

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Reserva Field Blend Price € 33.00

08. Vallado Reserva field blend

Sensory features : This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum with hints of tobacco. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.

Technical Notes

Grape varieties: More than 20 grape varieties (a field blend), including Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca and others, with 69% from vineyards older than 80 years, and Touriga Nacional (27%) and Sousão (3%) new vines with 15 years of age.

Vinification: The grapes from the old vineyards on the Estate (over 80 years old) were vinified in stainless steel, temperature controlled, remontage vats, holding up to 5,000 kilos of grapes. The chosen parcels of the 16 hectares of the old vineyards were vinified separately, the fermentation lasting an average of 8 to 20 days. The grapes from the younger vineyards were foot-trodden in “lagares” and also vinified in stainless steel, temperature controlled, remontage vats.

Ageing: The wines from the old vineyards were then stored in stainless steel tanks for the duration of the malolactic fermentation and were afterwards racked to 225 litres new French Allier Oak barriques. The wines from new vineyards after a first racking were immediately stored in similar 225 litres barriques of new French oak. The wine was kept for 17 months on the barriques.

Alcohol content: 14.5%

Bottle size: 750 ml

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Adelaide Douro Tinto Price € 100.00

09. Adelaide2

Sensory features : An 'old vines' blend. A warm, ripe and expressive nose, packed with a black fruit concentration, framed with a very appropriate seam of honeyed oak, and alongside there is a finely judged layer of savouriness. A fresh and appealing style on the palate, with meaty overtones to the dried cherry, red plum and smoke flavours. Very sweetly focused, the coffee bean and cassis fruit packed into the mid palate. Huge, impressive length with naturally concentrated super silky tannins. 

Technical Notes

Grape varieties: More than 20 grape varieties (a field blend), including Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca and others, from vineyards older than 80 years, with an average production of 500g per vine-plant. 

Vinification: The grapes from the old vineyards on the Estate (over 80 years old) were vinified in stainless steel, temperature controlled, remontage vats, holding up to 3,000 kilos of grapes. The chosen parcels of the 16 hectares of the old vineyards were vinified separately, the fermentation lasting an average of 8 to 20 days.

Ageing: The wines from the old vineyards were then stored in stainless steel tanks for the duration of the malolactic fermentation and were afterwards racked to 225 litres new French Allier Oak barriques for 20 months.

Alcohol content: 14.5%

Bottle size : 750 ml

 

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10 Years Old Tawny Port Price € 24.00

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Sensory features: Mahogany red colour, offering delicious, elegant and fresh aromas and flavours of toffee, dried apricot, berry and spice. Finishes with orange zest and a hint of coconut. Fresh overall with honey/nut/brulee entry sweetness; bright, quality spirit and lovely tannins give a clean, dry finish. Stylish!

Technical Notes

Port is a fortified wine made primary from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão (plus around 75 other indigenous grapes) that are hand-picked from the wineries Estate vineyards. Port wines are intended to be sweet, so fermentation is arrested half way through the process, before all the residual sugar has been fermented. Fermentation is halted through the addition of grape spirits, thus fortifying the wine. The wine is aged in 600 litre oak casks for years during which time the complex aromas and flavours become thoroughly integrated and the distinct hue develops.

Grape varietiesMixture of Various Old Vine Varieties (Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Franca, among others)

Vinification: Harvested and crushed quickly with a fast, warm maceration to extract maximum colour, flavour and tannin from the grape skins before the half-fermented wine is fortified with grape spirit.

Maturation: The wine is aged for many years in very old 600 litre oak casks.

Best served: Stilton, with fois gras as appetiser.

Serving Temperature: 12º

Alcohol content: 19.0%

Bottle size: 500 ml

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20 Years Old Tawny Port Price € 40.00

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Sensory features: Deeper, brandied nuts on nose; riper, rainforest timber and roasted almond. The palate is extraordinarily fine with wonderful interplay between ridiculously fine aged spirit and oak. Entry sweetness is now peanut brittle, grilled bread, panforte. Clean and outrageously long finish. The clean drying grip of fruit tannins and barrel perfectly frame the wine’s stunning elegance of dry fruits, spice, honey and clove down the back half.

Technical notes 

Port is a fortified wine made primary from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão (plus around 75 other indigenous grapes) that are hand-picked from the wineries Estate vineyards. Port wines are intended to be sweet, so fermentation is arrested half way through the process, before all the residual sugar has been fermented. Fermentation is halted through the addition of grape spirits, thus fortifying the wine. The wine is aged in 600 litre oak casks for years during which time the complex aromas and flavours become thoroughly integrated and the distinct hue develops.


Grape Varieties : Mixture of various varieties - Old Vines of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela & Tinta.Franca.

Maturation: The wine is aged for many years in very old 600 litre oak casks and other oak vats.

Best servedA terrific after-dinner drink, this Port is the perfect accompaniment to dried fruits, nuts and cheese.

Serving Temperature: 12º

Alcohol content: 19.0%

Bottle size : 500 ml

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30 Years Old Tawny Port Price € 71.30

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Sensory features: A 30-year-old tawny that shows great intensity and rich dried fruits and honey as well as the woody flavours from long aging in barrel. It's a very fine wine, dry in character with touches of bitter marmalade and finished with intense acidity. Like all tawnies, the wine is ready to drink.

Technical notes 

Port is a fortified wine made primary from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão (plus around 75 other indigenous grapes) that are hand-picked from the wineries Estate vineyards. Port wines are intended to be sweet, so fermentation is arrested half way through the process, before all the residual sugar has been fermented. Fermentation is halted through the addition of grape spirits, thus fortifying the wine. The wine is aged in 600 litre oak casks for years during which time the complex aromas and flavours become thoroughly integrated and the distinct hue develops.

Grape Varieties : Mixture of various varieties - Old Vines of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela & Tinta.Franca.

Maturation: The wine is aged for many years in very old 600 litre oak casks and other oak vats.

Best served: A terrific after-dinner drink, this Port is the perfect accompaniment to dried fruits, nuts and cheese and chocolate desserts.

Serving Temperature: 12º

Alcohol content: 19.0%

Bottle size : 500 ml

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40 Years Old Tawny Port Price € 105.00

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Sensory features: Very intense nose; complex combination of tobacco and dried fruit. This port has excellent structure with a very concentrated palate. Notes of English fruit cake, fig and dried fruits, as well as a very long and lingering finish.

Technical notes

Port is a fortified wine made primary from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão (plus around 75 other indigenous grapes) that are hand-picked from the wineries Estate vineyards. Port wines are intended to be sweet, so fermentation is arrested half way through the process, before all the residual sugar has been fermented. Fermentation is halted through the addition of grape spirits, thus fortifying the wine. The wine is aged in 600 litre oak casks for years during which time the complex aromas and flavours become thoroughly integrated and the distinct hue develops.

Grape varieties: Mixture of Various Old Vine Varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Franca, Tinto Cão) The grapes come from Estate vineyards. The Vallado Old Tawny Ports are aged in very old 600 liter oak casks and other old oak vats.

Best served: A wine sipping port, also very tasty when served with dark chocolate or chocolate desserts.

Serving Temperature: 12º

Alcohol content: 19.0%

Bottle size : 500 ml

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