Quinta do Vallado (Douro, Portugal)

Quinta do Vallado

It used to be pretty straightforward, Port comes from Portugal and that was that. But there’s so much more on offer than just the fortified stuff.

One producer who continues to produce excellent value wines year after year is the quality operation that is Quinta do Vallado.

Quinta do Vallado is an historic Douro estate dating back to the 18th century; however despite its age it is actually one of the most modern-looking in Portugal. The team here use the traditional extensive list of indigenous grapes (11 varieties in total), their methods are bang up to date and the results are nothing short of excellent.

Unusually for the region, Quinta do Vallado’s priority is making wine rather than Port, however do not miss out on their awesome 10 year old Tawny.  The Quinta do Vallado Reserva is a full-bodied red, made from a field-blend of grape varieties with tonnes of ripe red fruits, and the proud winner of gold medals at both the IWC and Decanter awards.

Vallado’s Moscatel Galego is exceptionally underrated, and is a brilliant alternative to the average whites in the UK. The Galego is packed full of aromatic citrus fruits, as well as rose petal and pink grapefruit characteristics. It’s a lovely dry and crisp white that showcases the depth of what’s on offer in Portugal and is a stunning match to any white fish or something like salt and pepper squid.

Rob Pickard
21st July 2011

Company No. 2550982 | 109a Regents Park Road London NW1 8UR | Call: 0845 263 6924 | AWRS Number: XVAW00000101595

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