Quinta da Côrte

Duoro,

Overview

Located in the central region of the Douro, Cima Corgo, Quinta da Côrte encompasses 25 hectares of classification A vineyards averaging over 60 years of age. The family produce primarily native varietals including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca. Planted mainly on schist soils, the small production vines yield wines of elegant structure, with superb volume and complexity. Like most Quinta of the region, Quinta da Côrte produce two dry red wines, along with an exclusive late bottled field blend and a selection of premium tawny wines. In the very best of years, the family produces a masterfully crafted vintage port.

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History

In 1465, the first shipment of wine was sent from the Duoro region of Portugal to the United Kingdom, marking the start of the international wine trade. With its rich history of over 2,000 years of winemaking, in 1756 it also became one of the first global wine regions to officially classify its vineyards.

Not long after, Quinta da Côrte recorded its first plantings in 1814, and was maintained by the same local farmer until 1927, when the Pacheco e Irmãos family took over the vineyards. At this time, the grapes were sold to the major families of the region: Delaforce, Taylor’s, Ramos Pinto and Croft, and were often crafted into single-vineyard, small production vintage Port.

In 2013, during his travels to the region, French producer Philippe Austruy fell in love with the estate and decided to invest, renovating the historic vineyard and winemaking facilities. Upholding a strong commitment to the highest quality wine, the Austruy family hired renowned adviser Stephane Derenoncourt and decided to begin bottling a boutique collection of wines from the estate.

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