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.