Quinta do Vallado

Are you looking for an enlightening wine-discussion paired with a stay in one of the best and most architecturally pleasing hotels in the whole Douro? Then you have to visit the Ferreiras! Their passion for the region is contagious and you will not leave the valley without being impressed by the local cuisine with fruit and vegetables from their own garden.

 

In the heart of the Douro wine region, a few kilometers from the center of Peso da Régua, Quinta do Vallado extends on both banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro.

Quinta do Vallado owns seventy hectares of vineyards plus another thirty hectares of certified organic vineyards at Quinta do Orgal, in the upper part of the Douro near Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The special thing about Quinta do Vallado is that the grapes aren’t moved by pumps, but by gravity. The fermentation and storage are in stainless steel tanks. The process of cooling and heating the grape mash is controlled by an automatic system that enables the optimum fermentation to be guaranteed.

Nowadays the sixth generation of Ferreiras operates a flourishing company: The two cousins Francisco Ferreira and João Ferreira  manage the legacy of their legendary ancestor Dona Antónia with great enthusiasm. Their port and table wines are among the most famous in Portugal. The two obviously carry on not only the entrepreneurial spirit of their ancestor with their deep love of their home region – the Douro Valley. The Quinta do Vallado has developed into a  must-see location under their leadership.

The next generation is already participating in the company’s success: João Roquette, the son of João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro, travels the world to promote their excellent wines.

History

Quinta do Vallado was first mentioned in documents from 1716, making it one of the oldest properties in the entire Douro Valley. At that time the vineyards still belonged to Josefa Taveira. In 1818 she sold the property to António Bernardo Ferreira, an uncle and father-in-law of Dona Antónia Adelaida Ferreira. Since then it has been owned by the Ferreira family.

The legendary Dona Antónia (1811-1896), who was widowed very young, showed a great talent and enthusiasm for viticulture. In doing so, she created an entire empire that is still bearing fruit today. Through her enormous commitment, dynamism and strength of personality, which was unusual for a woman in the 19th century, she became one of the most famous people in Douro history.

The history of Quinta do Vallado can be divided into two epochs: since its foundation and until 1987, mainly port wine was produced. This delicacy was sold by the Ferreira family’s port wine house in Porto under the „Ferreira“ brand. The port wine house was sold in 1987.

The second era began after the sale of the Port House, when the company focused on the production and marketing of white and red table wines under the „Quinta do Vallado“ brand. At the beginning of this period, the Quinta´s vineyards were restructured.

The company now cultivates 105 hectares of vineyards, 35 of which are in the Douro Superior. In addition to the new plantings, the modern new cellar was completed in 2009.

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Tourism

Quinta do Vallado opened two hotels in the heart of the Douro during the past two decades. First in 2005 came the charming “Country Hotel” in the historic main building of Quinta do Vallado. It was extended with a new wing in 2012 under the planning of the architect Francisco Vieira de Campos. The extension mainly consists of schist, the most common soil material in the region and is a real eye-catcher. Then in 2015 the first guests were welcomed to the second hotel, „Casa do Rio“. In addition to a wide range of wine activities, guests can also go hiking and cycling, book boat and fishing trips, as well as picnics and cooking classes.

The winery is recognized by International critics as one of the most successful in the Douro region for its efforts in wine tourism.

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• A room in the heart of the Douro at our historic Quinta.

• Or a stay in the romantic “Casa do Rio” in the Douro Superior.

• A tasting

• A lunch or dinner

• or buy some of your favorite wines from our shop to take with you!

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