Nature

10 things that make Quinta dos Murças unique

10 things that make Quinta dos Murças unique

1. Location

Situated on the right bank of the River Douro, between Régua and Pinhão, where the Cima Corgo sub-region begins.
2. Territory
155 hectares of hills and valleys, 48 of which are vineyard, extending along 3.2 km of riverfront.
3. THE DOURO’S FIRST VERTICAL VINEYARD
Boasting the first vertical vineyard in the Douro – planted in 1947 -, the Quinta has always been very involved in experimentation and the development of the world’s oldest demarcated winegrowing region, as demonstrated by the vineyard itself.
4. Verticality
Around 82% of the vines are vertically planted on steep slopes, which allows for greater density, more balanced production and a deeper root system that best reflects the Quinta’s terroir.
5. DIFFERENT ALTITUDES
The Quinta’s topography varies considerably, with vines planted at different altitudes (between 110 and 300 metres) and different exposures that contribute to different micro-climates.
6. EIGHT SOIL TYPES
The 48 hectares of vineyards boast eight different types of terroir.
7. ORGANIC Production VINEYARDS
Since November, 2016, Quinta dos Murças has only used organic production methods, benefiting nature, people and product quality.
8. SPRINGS
There are five springs dotted around the vineyards, which help cool the environment, while providing water and greater balance to those grapes most exposed to the sun.
9. Biodiversity
Most of the Quinta remains wild. The woods and undergrowth contribute to making the agro-ecosystem more resilient, facilitating communication with conservation areas and boosting the Quinta’s ecological balance as a whole.
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10. ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY
The Quinta has a number of important landmarks: the Main House, which overlooks the River Douro, was built in the 19th century and restored last year; the Vale Figueira ruins of 1826; and, right next door, the Covelinhas railway station, where the historic Douro train stops.
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Covelinhas Station
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Wine Presses, before and after
The combination of these factors, as well as the winemaking techniques used, highlight the grapes’ original character, producing concentrated terroir wines that are both elegant and fresh.