Quinta Vale D’Aldeia

Description / History

Quinta Vale d’Aldeia – located in the Meda region in the heart of the Upper Douro – is a project born of one family’s effort and dedication, with the main aim of producing outstanding wines.

Its location is notable for its rich and complex microclimates, meaning that the generous soil combined with selected grape varieties generate truly unparalleled yield and quality. In addition we use cutting-edge wine-production technology, so making Quinta Vale d’Aldeia one of the leading wine-making benchmarks in the Douro Superior demarcated region.

Nestled within the Douro Superior demarcated region, the estate currently has about 110 hectares under cultivation, 80 ha of which are vines and the remainder olives. The vines have been planted progressively since 2004, and are grouped according to grape varieties, carefully selected to take account of the nature of the soil, sun exposure, altitude and how we want the grapes to ripen. Wines from this area are young and fresh, their most typical feature being the acidity they acquire during ripening. This is one of the most important qualities for the wines’ development when they are bottled and laid down.

The vines grow at altitudes of between 380 m and 600 m, grape varieties being distributed according to the kind of ripening desired. For white wines we favour a balance of acidity and alcohol content, so white grapes are grown at higher altitude. This results in wines that are fresher, more aromatic, and in particular more balanced. For red wines, as the grapes take longer to ripen, requiring more warmth for better development of the phenolic compounds, the grapes are grown at lower altitudes, which aids this form of ripening.

The red grape varieties we use are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela and Sousão.
The main white varieties we favour are Viosinho, Rabigato, Gouveio, Alvarinho and Verdelho da Madeira.