Last Friday we celebrated 100 years with our team! It was thanks to the commitment and dedication of generations of employees that we were able to celebrate our centenary this year.
See the pictures of our dinner at the new visitors centre.
This quinta, planted with approximately 33 ha of vines and a lovely walled orange grove, produces some of Poças’ finest Vintages and LBV Ports under the Quinta de Santa Bárbara label. The name of the property comes from an earlier quinta that boasts a chapel to this saint and an astounding panoramic landscape view of Peso da Régua.
The building of a road that divided the original quinta led to the purchase of the present wine estate in 1999. When it was purchased, only a fourth of the total estate was planted with old vines. The entire property was later planted using the most modern techniques and the finest varietals.
Our greatest release of the year is the one of the new top-of-the-range Branco da Ribeira 2017, which has been awarded 93 points in its debut from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Critic Mark Squires describes our new white as follows:
“What do you get by trading up here? Well, it has more oak, but the Arinto’s big acidity slices and dices the wood effortlessly. It is very clean. Showing a lot of bite on the finish and that fine acidity, this is precise, elegant and fairly intense. The finish is very long. In a tough year, this seems pretty miraculous. It has some upside potential too. It certainly is not done developing—which is a good and necessary thing to say about a young wine in this price range. It may even age better than anticipated. Overall, it is a pretty stunning debut”.
– Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
At the end of June, we hosted a lunch in our visitor centre for the launch of our new wines. In addition to showing our news, it was the chance to showcase our new premises!
We presented Branco da Ribeira 2017, our new top-of-the-range white wine. Produced from grapes grown on granitic soil, this wine praises the diversity of the Douro terroir and it is a tribute to the tenacity of the region. The wine will be available next Fall.
It was also the occasion to launch the wines Coroa d’Ouro Branco 2017, Coroa d’Ouro Tinto 2016, Vale de Cavalos Branco 2017, Vale de Cavalos Tinto 2016 and Porto Vintage 2016.