Quinta das Brôlhas
The Valdigem village is approximately four kilometres from Régua in the Douro Demarcated Region – UNESCO World Heritage.
It is here that the estate Quinta das Brôlhas is situated with its 17th-century U shape Manor House with Baroque-influenced architecture. It also has a chapel where it is possible to observe a triangular pediment and coat of arms. Inside, the magnificent polychrome carved woodwork altarpiece from the Joanine period.
This estate’s proprietors have been known since 1605 – it has remained in the Macário de Castro da Fonseca Pereira Coutinho family to this day.
It has been through many years and stories, all adding up to create a legacy with impressive longevity.
The estate is an example that reminds us that Portugal, as far as wine production is concerned, is part of the Countries of the Old World, a denomination attributed to the European countries for the early adoption of wine in cultural and commercial practices. Of these, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal stand out for their antiquity, quality and volume.
In contrast, the remaining countries are called New World producers, where wine production started much later, primarily due to the influence of European settlers.
But back to the estate. All the vineyards at Quinta das Brôlhas are divided into different plots, planted on gently sloping land with gravelly schist soils but without the support of terraces, as is commonly found in Douro landscapes.
Each plot is hand-harvested, and the grapes are carefully selected before entering the winery.
It’s all a markedly manual process to guarantee that the wine you have in front of you has received the care those grapes deserve throughout the process.
It is also here that you can still witness the foot treading on the nights following the harvest.
In recent years, Quinta das Brôlhas wines have accumulated distinctions and awards in national and international competitions, which only reinforces their strategy.
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Region: Porto and Douro
Varieties: Sousão, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional
All the vineyards of Quinta das Brôlhas are divided in different plots and each is harvested by hand. The grapes are selected before entering the winery. They are destemmed and foot-trodden in lagares from 1 to 3 days before fermentation begins in the same lagares. The wines are foot trodden every night and the old “paddles” are used to lower the cap during the day. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are racked off to stainless steel tanks where the malolactic fermentation takes place.
18 months, 60% in new 225-litre French oak barrels and 40% in used 225-litre French oak barrels.
An elegant and fresh red wine, dark reddish-purple in colour, with a good concentration of ripe red fruit and black plum aromas, added on by a soft fruity touch. A very balanced and velvety wine, with a long, fruity finish.
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Total Sugars: <0.6 g/L
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