After many visits to the Douro and those remarkable mountains and valleys, we found Quinta dos Murças. Of all the places we visited, this was the one that was closest to what we were looking for – a quinta that was well located, on the right bank of the Douro River, on the edge of the Cima-Corgo sub-region, which is a cooler area. The quinta’s diversity, in terms of biodiversity, different altitudes and sun exposures, as well as its history, were also key.
Today, almost 10 years since we first visited Murças, we are closer to producing the more elegant and authentic wines we first envisaged. During this time, we have discovered a lot about the quinta, although we know that there is still much to learn.
Esporão’s history in the Douro is still recent when compared to our experience in the Alentejo. Perhaps that is why the connection is less obvious to some. However, we took what we learned in the Alentejo to the Douro, which made a major contribution to where we are now. Head winemaker David Baverstock accompanied this project from the beginning, becoming responsible for winemaking at Quinta dos Murças:
“In 2014, we re-examined the project and realised that it was very difficult for me to properly represent the Murças project with my work at Herdade do Esporão. We decided to find another winemaker. José Luís Moreira da Silva started in 2015, and it has been fundamental to have someone 100% focussed on the project.”