Quinta Nova Vineyards and Cellars Tour Review – See Award-Winning Wines’ Cradle

The vistas surrounding the tasting room afford delicious views

 

Road to the cellars one way; road to the Winery House hotel the other way

 

More than 10,000 people from all over the world come each year to tour Quinta Nova Vineyards and Cellars in Portugal’s Douro Valley.

 

View of some of the Quinta Nova Vineyards with the Winery House on its summit

 

Vinta Nova vineyards

 

Ports are blended wines

 

This year has so far proved to be yet another when Quinta Nova’s wines were selected in prestigious blind wine-tastings as “bests”.   

 

The wines are stored and aged in oak barrels

 

Note the cork ceilings that help control temperatures naturally and without using energy for heating or cooling

 

At “Essência do Vinho", the refereed show in Porto with over 3000 wines from 350 national and foreign producers, Quinta Nova’s Mirabilis Grande Reserva White 2014 made it to the top three. 

 

Mirabilis is one of the Quinta Nova award winning vintages

 

At the “Revista de Vinhos” competition two Quinta Nova wines were selected as bests—“ Vintage Port 2013” and “Mirabilis Grande Reserva Red 2013 – and three others for the best buy category where price is matched to quality “Pomares White 2014, Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2009 and Clã Moscatel Douro.”

 

Alas, you can't help stomp the grapes at Vinta Nova. This machine does it all

 

While wine making is an ancient art, today it does use state-of-the-art automation

 

That you can sip these wines in the tasting room at the conclusion of your tour is obviously a big draw.   Better, you can pair them with tapas created by the chef of Quinta Nova’s standout Conceitus Restaurant.  (Read our full review of Conceitus Restaurant here.)

 

The outdoor patio of the tasting room

 

The views are extraordinary.

 

The tasting room at the end of the cellars tour

 

Teas, jams. olive oil are on sale in addition to Quinta Nova wines

 

The Quinta Nova Winery House hotel—only 11 rooms—is quite a luxurious place to stay in Douro Valley.  (Click here to read our full review --  “Douro Valley’s Quinta Nova Winery House Review - Bucolic Luxury”.)

 

All this said, it is the history of these vineyards that grabs this reviewer most.   

 

The schist in the floor also helps to control temperatures

 

Storage area in the Quinta Nova cellars

 

Port is a fortified wine, with distilled brandy added to help preserve it

 

Look for the historic markers from 1758 that show the borders of the world’s first officially designated wine producing area, Pombal Marker on the self-guided Quinta Nova Walking Trail map.

 

These are some of the exhibits collected by the owner's wife that show winemaking in days gone by. In the center in front of the mannequin you see a wine label printer of the past

 

In Fall, 2016 Quinta Nova’s cellars will open a small museum to showcase many of the antique artifacts showing wine-making in days gone by.  Some of these are in the tasting room now. 

 

For more information and advance booking visit the Quinta Nova website.

 

 

 

 

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