Quinta do Tedo – a boutique, organic and family-owned estate
In the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, the world’s oldest viticultural appellation, where terraced vineyards climb high above Douro and Tedo rivers, lies Quinta do Tedo.
Burgundian Vincent Bouchard and Californian Kay Steffey Bouchard have lovingly restored and modernized this 18th century estate. By respecting the land with traditional viticultural methods and while also incorporating essential modern technology, they create wines that showcase the Douro Valley terroir. Quinta do Tedo winery is among the first Porto producers to practice “culture raisonable” – responsible and sustainable agricultural practices and are determined to provide an environmentally sound future. In July 2011, Quinta do Tedo became certified organic.
Vineyards and Their Tour
The vineyards are on average 35 years old and yield 1.5 tons per acre. This low yield for mature vines creates concentrated flavors and a high level of complexity in their Portos and Red Wines. The tour guides are friendly experts that speak your language, the views are breathtaking and they also have very friendly dogs and horses. They offer a variety of fun and informative tours and tastings daily, complimented by an on-site bistro, and certified walking trails along the Tedo River, through their organic, grade A classified vineyards which are equivalent to Burgundy’s Grand Cru and olive orchards that produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil of exceptional quality.
The 100% estate-grown organic grapes come from 37 acres of class “A” vineyards, the highest rating from the Portuguese Instituto do Vinhos do Douro e, Porto.
Less than 2% of Douro Valley appellation’s rough 100,000 acres are class “A”. The grape varieties are: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Bastardo, Sousão, Tinta Amarela, and Tinta Cão. Excellent red and fortified wines are produced from these grapes. The winery produces internationally acclaimed Port, Douro DOC red wines.