Quinta do Noval and the Nacional vineyard, Douro, Portugal

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Quinta do Noval, Pinhao, Douro, Portugal, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Quinta do Noval is a port winery far up the Douro Valley, beyond Pinhao along an affluent to the Douro river towards Vale de Mendiz. Today it is owned by the French insurance company AXA, through its subsidiary AXA Millesimes.

The vineyards lie around the winery building, perched on a hilltop. Some of the vineyards are incredibly steep and one wonders how anyone could get the idea to plant vines there. The most famous wine they produce is the Quinta do Noval Nacional made from a 2.5 hectare vineyard of ungrafted vines, located just below the winery. They have another vintage port wine that is called Silval, somewhat lighter in style, as well as LBV (late bottled vintage), colheita, tawny, and a ruby Raven port. Quinta do Noval also makes some “table” wine (i.e. not fortified, not port wine). They go under the label Cedro do Noval as well as Quinta do Noval Douro DOC. They use several of grape varieties, as is the norm in the Douro: touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta cao, tinta barocca, tinta roriz (tempranillo) etc. The vineyards cover some 145 ha in total.

The actual winery is a mix of tradition and modern technology. You can see big, old oak casks storing aging ports, but you can also se the latest sorting tables at harvest time.

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Douro Quinta do Noval - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson

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