Quinta Vale d’Aldeia – located in the Meda region in the heart of the Upper Douro – is a project born of one family’s effort and dedication, with the main aim of producing outstanding wines. Its location is notable for its rich and complex microclimates, meaning that the generous soil combined with selected grape varieties generate truly
unparalleled yield and quality. In addition we use cutting-edge wine-production technology, so making Quinta Vale d’Aldeia one of the leading wine-making benchmarks in the Douro Superior region. Quinta Vale d’Aldeia is a quality reference point on the Portuguese and international markets, with a vast selection of wines, ranging from light and aromatic to those selected for more refined and exacting tasting.
Nestled within the Douro demarcated region, the estate currently has about 150 hectares under cultivation, 110 ha of which are vines and the remainder (40ha) olives. The vines have been planted progressively since 2004, and are grouped according to grape varieties, carefully selected to take account of the nature of the soil, sun exposure, slope of the land, altitude and how we want the grapes to ripen. Wines from this area are young and fresh, their most typical feature being the acidity they acquire during ripening. This is one of the most important qualities for the wine’s development when they are bottled and laid down. Our mission comprises a firm commitment to the highest quality standards for our products.
Built from scratch in 2009, the winery is equipped with the most advanced vinification technology, but traditional wine-making has not been overlooked. The three-storey building fits harmoniously into the surroundings. Much of its structure is hidden, enhancing the impressive natural beauty of the hillside, framed by a huge almond grove.
Level 0 comprises two separate areas: one where the whole process of receiving the grapes takes place, while the other contains offices and social amenities, including an area for wine tasting and events, looking onto the two lower levels, as well as enjoying an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding land.
Level -1 houses the fermentation facilities for our red wines, and this level also includes an enormous warehouse area for finished products.
Level -2 is where our white wines are fermented. It also has storage space for red wines, the bottling and labelling plant, and a superb area for maturing wines in oak.
The vines grow at altitudes of between 380 m and 600 m, grape varieties being distributed according to the kind of ripening desired. For white wines we favour a balance of
acidity and alcohol content, so white grapes are grown at higher altitude. This results in wines that are fresher, more aromatic, and in particular more balanced. For red wines, as the grapes take longer to ripen, requiring more warmth for better development of the phenolic compounds, the grapes are grown at lower altitudes, which aids this form of ripening. The red grape varieties we use are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela and Sousão. The main white varieties we favour are Viosinho, Rabigato, Gouveio, Alvarinho and Verdelho da Madeira.