Our unique location in the Távora Valley sets us apart from other Douro vineyards. While many of them have south-facing vineyards at lower altitude, ours face north and north east at altitudes ranging from 320 to 420 metres above sea level, resulting in lower than average temperatures for this wine region.
By respecting and capitalising on this combination of physical characteristics, we are able to create surprisingly fresh, elegant wines with plenty of character that stand out from the heavier traditional Douro wines. Though youth and freshness are key factors, our wines have the grit and complexity required for them to age well.
Within the 150 hectares of Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águias we have over 5,000 olive trees and 27 hectares of vineyards with plantations dating back to 1970 alongside our own, more recent additions. We cultivate several of the classic Douro grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca for the reds as well as a plot of white Rabigato grapes. As is the case with many of the older wine estates in the Douro wine region, three of our oldest plots contain mixed grape varieties and colours, which produce intriguing blends that vary year on year.
We are fortunate to have plenty of natural irrigation from underground springs, combined with the excellent drainage and thermal properties of local schist and granite rich soils. Most of our vineyards are planted on narrow hillside terraces that each have space for two rows of vines, which means that harvesting can only be done by hand, keeping age-old traditions and practices alive. At harvest time, you can hear the workers singing traditional songs as they work their way along the rows, snipping and collecting bunches of juicy grapes.