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Sushi of Smoked Salmon and Oysters in Guinness and Soya

Now we are moving into official summer days, it’s time to think about something refreshing to kick off lunch or dinner. Fortunately oysters are available all year round now and this dish is not dependent on any nuances as to where the oysters come from. This is a recipe invented by Sonia in 1993 at […]

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Quinta Dona Maria Alentejo

The Quinta, also known as Quinta do Carmo, is an arrestingly beautiful 18th century estate in Estremoz at around 400m. Owner Julio Tassara de Bastos, who still resides there, clearly has a knack with wines because his very first, Quinta do Carmo Garrafeira 1986 (made by João Portugal RAMOS), created waves following its release. Tasted […]

Esporão Alentejo

Herdade do Esporão represents a massive investment and real faith in the potential of the Alentejo region. Dr Jose Roquette, brother of Quinta do Crasto’s Jorge Roquette (behind QUINTA DO CRASTO) has been very successful in developing what is now 600ha of vineyards spread across five different sites. Despite the size, winemaker David Baverstock (a […]

Dow Port

Though a part of the Symington empire, as Silva & Cosens, the Dow port brand has a very distinct profile. There is a weight and dimension to the top years that, combined with an elegance and poise, puts them among the best, as recently seen in 1994, 97, 2000, 03 and 07. The latter is […]

Real Companhia Velha Douro/Port

The Douro’s largest landowner and biggest maker of port enjoys wide distribution around the globe. Its Royal Oporto brand is familiar to most consumers even if they haven’t drunk it. Its inclusion here, however, is for its revitalised production of Douro table wines, one or two of which are worthy of more than passing mention. […]

Ramos Pinto Port & Douro

It was the father of Ramos Pinto’s director and winemaker, João Nicolau de Almeida, who created Barca Velha (see FERREIRA), the Douro’s first great red wine, and Ramos Pinto has been one of the leading proponents in the recent revival of table wines (last made in any quantity before port evolved into a fortified style). […]

João Portugal Ramos Alentejo

For more than 20 years, João Ramos has been the leading consultant oenologist in the south of Portugal, working for some of Alentejo’s best cooperatives. His own project has gained increasing momentum in the past decade, producing wines under his own label on his estate near Estremoz but also working for others as a consultancy. […]

Quinta do Vesuvio Port

This estate of 400-odd ha spread over seven hills was one of the grand properties of the 19th century. In 1989 it was bought by the Symington family and turned into one of the new breed of true (château-like) quintas. The wine from the expanding vineyard (currently 100 ha of vines) is made and matured […]

Quinta do Vallado Douro

Vallado is a revitalised estate in the Lower Douro (Baixo Corgo) on the Rio Corgo run by Francisco Ferreira and João Ferreira Alvares Ribeiro. A new winery was completed in the late 1990s to handle the fruit from new and restructured vineyards totalling 64 ha and, so revitalised is this estate that, in 2008, they […]

Quinta do Vale Doña Maria Port & Douro

Cristiano van Zeller’s family once owned QUINTA DO NOVAL but now he is involved in some capacity in the production, direction or distribution of several Douro estates as well as one or two from further afield. The 10 ha vineyard of Vale Doña Maria (in his wife’s family for generations) on the Rio Torto is […]

Quinta de Soalheiro Vinho Verde

Located in Melgaço, Vinho Verde’s warmest, driest sub-region, production at Soalheiro is focused on Alvarinho, known as Albarino in neighbouring Galicia, Spain. It is Vinho Verde’s star variety and Soalheiro are one of its finest exponents. Antonio Cerdeira illegally planted 4 ha of Alvarinho in 1974 and, following changes in the law, released his first […]

Quinta de la Rosa Port & Douro

The Bergqvist family took back control of its vineyards in the 1980s, producing their own port for the first time in 1988. Quinta de la Rosa has in fact demonstrated how successful a more estate-centred approach can be (given sufficiently cool storage) and makes a Vintage Port in every vintage (1993 excepted) in the manner […]

Quinta do Portal Douro & Port

Quinta do Portal is not one quinta but four. Portal itself was once known as Quinta do Casal de Celeirós while the estates also include the Quinta do Confradeiro at Celeirós in the Pinhão Valley. Money and expertise have not been spared and the most recent vintages show that it is now all starting to […]

Quinta do Passadouro Douro & Port

Owned by the Bohrmann family since 1991 and now in partnership with winemaker Jorge Serôdio Borges of PINTAS who had already established a track record under Niepoort management. This superb quinta in the Pinhão Valley includes 18 ha of vineyards, in part planted to old vines including some Sousão. The estate’s old vine fruit is […]

Quinta do Noval Douro/Port

Today direction at Noval comes from Christian Seely of AXA-Millésimes (the corporate owner of CH. PICHON-LONGUEVILLE and other prestigious properties) while the wines are made by António Agrellos. But it got its start in modern times from António José da Silva, who first isolated the famous 2.5 ha of ungrafted vines that produce Nacional, the […]

Quinta de Roriz Port & Douro

Quinta de Roriz was famous as an individual-quinta port in the 19th century but was re-established as an independent operation by the van Zeller family and has now been acquired by Symington. The Vintage Port was made by others for most of the 20th century. There are currently 42 ha within a sheltered amphitheatre some […]

Quinta do Mouro Alentejo

Miguel Viegas Louro’s small estate is one of the quality leaders in the Alentejo. There are 14 ha of vineyards, planted in the main to Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante. Yields are kept low and the wines have maintained a consistent standard thanks to winemaker Luis Duarte. The estate red (around 3,000 cases), aged in […]

Quinta do Monte d’Oiro Estremadura

The decision to modernise this winery, now one of the stars of both Lisboa and Portugal, was taken back in 1990. Engineer, businessman and talented amateur chef José Bento dos Santos was inspired by the great reds of Côte Rôtie and set out to emulate them on his ‘hill of gold’ near Alenquer. The results […]

Quinta de Macedos Douro

This is a very promising small property on the Rio Torto, which has been sympathetically revived by Paul Reynolds and his brother Raymond, a UK wine shipper. It runs to just 6.8 ha but much of it is planted to old vines. Viticulture is organic and old terraces of varying aspect have a mixed planting […]

Quinta do Infantado Port

The Roseira family have been making their own wines since 1978 from 45 ha of vineyards on a small northern tributary of the Douro downstream from Pinhão. João Roseira works with the talented Luís Soares Duarte and all the wines, even a Ruby, are made in lagares and are richly extracted. The incremental addition of […]

Quinta das Heredias Port

This emerging port house has already produced some very fine ports despite being only recently established. Mauricette Mordant, who helped found Champagne house Vranken, bought the historic monastery of Quinta do Convento (San Pedro das Aguias) on the Rio Távora outright from Vranken in 1996. It also includes the quintas of Espinhos and Calcado as […]

Quinta do Côtto Douro & Port

Owner and winemaker Miguel Champalimaud has made Douro reds from the early 1980s, long before the recent explosion in their production. The Côtto wines from 50 ha of vineyards are concentrated and muscular but with much greater refinement in recent years than the slightly tough, brawny, if characterful efforts from the 1980s and early 1990s, […]

Quinta da Murta Lisboa-Bucelas

French producer and owner Franck Bodin has transformed this property in the Lisboa region. First planted some 20 years ago, Quinta da Murta is making a real impact, especially with the white wines, termed the ‘Wine of Shakespeare’ (see Henry VI part 2). The parent material of the soil is Jurassic calcareous marl and limestone […]

Quinta da Cortezia Lisboa

Miguel Reis Catarino is a trained viticulturalist and winemaker who has worked as a consultant in the Alentejo but also has his own estate in Lisboa. Here his obsession with light and soils has resulted in remarkable fruit quality from 66 ha of family vineyards that have been replanted in stages since 1991. Only a […]

Quinta de Chocapalha Lisboa

Quinta de Chocapalha is the family estate of talented winemaker Sandra Tavares da Silva (PINTAS). It comprises 40 ha of vineyards in a particularly blessed part of Lisboa. Quinta de Chocapalha adjoins QUINTA DA CORTEZIA but the wines are made in a contrasting way. For the red wines the grapes are foot-trodden in stone lagares […]

Quinta do Ameal Minho

Pedro Araújo is a great grandson of Adriano Ramos Pinto. Vineyards have been long established in this northern part of the Vinho Verde DOC but yields from 12 ha have been reduced to well below the norm. Under the winemaking expertise of Anselmo Mendes, Loureiro forms the basis of both a fresh and focused unoaked […]

Luis Pato Bairrada

Luis Pato has been Bairrada’ great moderniser, introducing green harvesting, complete de-stemming, temperature control and barrique-ageing to fashion the region’s and some of Portugal’s top wines. He remains an innovator, lately fashioning FLP and the Abafado range of sweet “molecular” (cryoextracted) wines and even a Touriga Nacional red (João Pato – not tasted), but it […]

Filipa Pato Beiras

Filipa Pato is the daughter of Luis PATO (below) and is at the vanguard of a talented new generation of winemakers. Her wines are made in Bairrada and sourced from diverse vineyard sources in Beiras including Bairrada and Dão. For this reason, all the wines are sold as Beiras Vinho Regional. Her winemaking experience includes […]

Herdade do Mouchão Alentejo

Mouchão enjoys a good reputation amongst drinkers of bold, characterful reds. The estate is a massive 900 ha cork grove that includes 32 ha of vineyards. The vineyards have been re-established since 1986 when the land was returned to the family having lost control of their property during the revolution of 1974. Viticulture is modern […]

Monte da Ravasqueira Alentejo

A new but promising operation in Alentejo. It is a family venture with a projected 30,000 cases from 34 ha of vineyards, made by the widely experienced Rui Reguinga. The very reasonably priced Fonte da Serrana (a second label) is based on Aragonês, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon andshows good richness and lots of character. Monte […]

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