Quinta da Furada, a unique vineyard in Douro

The Quinta da Furada is located in Ervedosa do Douro, close to Pinhão, in the heart of the Douro, which region is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Quinta belongs to the same family for at least seven generations, keeping secrets, stories, flavors and mysteries. The name “Furada” comes from the many ancient holes and excavations in the soil still found today and that has always been attributed to the search for precious metals since the Romans passed through the territory searching for gold, later wolfram and more.

And what sets this vineyard apart from the others? The pre-phylloxera vines, the very old olive grove with the region’s oldest, beautiful olive tree.

This Quinta has a lot of vineyards in the Douro and some of them weren’t affected by the fatal disease of Filoxera, in the 19th century.

The characteristics of the territory, the special landscape and the climate are reflected in the products that come from here. 99% of the soil is schist, constituted mostly from old vines and native grape varieties, affected by different solar radiations and altitudes.

The main red grapes are the Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão, among others.

The main white grapes are the Malvasia, Cercial, Bical, Rabigato, Moscatel, Fernão Pires and Viosinho.

The real value of Quinta comes from its soil and the fruits, especially the grapes and olive groves, from which these ‘Pata D’Urso’ wines and the Furada Olive oil are born.

They make their products with a strong commitment to the Alto Douro wine region. In 2017, the Quinta opened its own store called Pata D’Urso, located in Ribeira do Porto, where you can taste and buy not only its wines but also its other products, such as olives, olive oil, honey, dried figs and almonds.

And also the good news is that the Furada Port wines, still aging in old barrels, will make their debut soon. First will be presented the White Port with a remarkable balance in concentration, aroma and freshness. Then comes out their Tawny Furada Port of silky taste.

Come and visit Quinta da Furada in the Douro wine region of Portugal to admire their beautiful vineyard and to discover their products!

In my next posts, I am coming back with the tasting notes of their wines, the method of how these wines are made in this Quinta and what the name Pata d’Urso means.

Stay tuned! Cheers!

Pata d’Urso Tinto (red wine)

Pata d’Urso Branco (white wine)

Pata d’ Urso Rosé


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