The influence of the Marão on the Douro Valley climate

100km East of Porto city, the Serra do Marão surrounds the Douro River, giving birth to the Douro Valley as the river carved its path through it. Its highest peak is standing over 1400 meters. The Marão role is crucial for the weather pattern we are seeing in the Douro Valley. Its configuration and height […]

Our Journey Into Organic

Our journey into Organic practices in our farms and vineyards started in 2005 when my father started growing 20 hectares of olive trees to make organic olive oil in Valongo dos Azeites, his mother’s home village. For our vineyards, we started converting them in 2013 starting with the new plantations and existing young vineyards in […]

6 Tricks to preserve your wine once it is opened.

When you have a nice dinner at home with friends and family, you will probably end up drinking all the bottles of wines you are opening. In other moments, for example when you feel like having just a glass of wine for yourself while relaxing reading your book, what are your options? Recently many of […]

Which tools to open a bottle of wine?

Here are some tools you can use to open your wine/Port bottles. Which one do you prefer? -The 2 step corkscrew is definitively the most versatile and easy tool to use. With older wines, it can be tricky, as the cork gets softer or sticks to the glass inside the neck. With the corkscrew it […]

Aging wine-In Vino Veritas

Today I want to discuss wine aging. How can we tell if a wine will age well or not? As passionate wine lovers, we dream of that moment where we put our lips in a cup of wine that is older than us. We’ve heard or read stories of those perfect old wines giving you […]

To Blend or not to Blend, that is the Question!

As far as we remember, the Douro has always been a land where we were blending grapes. Blending in the vineyards, blending in the stone lagares, blending in the cellar and blending before bottling! Over 200 grape varieties exist in the Douro, the possibilities are endless. The only exception to this rule has been : […]

Moon and Wine, Myth or Reality!?!

Even when we do not see it, it is somewhere up there and its gravity, as we all know, creates the tides on our blue planet. The Moon, the lonely satellite of planet Earth has always been captivating humans throughout history. Some believe it can influence our behaviors and even the growth of life. What […]

Proper Glass for Port

We are often asked what is a good glass to drink Port from. Here are a few tips to choose the perfect glass. Port wine should be considered more like wine, less like a spirit. You want a glass with a shape that can create a chimney, meaning the base should be slightly larger than […]