Graham's Quinta da Vila Velha

Quinta da Vila Velha is owned privately by a member of the Symington family and the grapes are used by Graham’s for some of their finest Ports.

Quinta da Vila Velha is owned privately by a member of the Symington family and the grapes are used by Graham’s for some of their finest Ports.

Terroir

Vila Velha is situated on the river Douro, approximately half-way between Pinhão and Tua.  Situated on the south bank on an S-curve in the river, the vineyard actually faces predominately west.  As the gradient is reasonably gentle (for the Douro) most of the vineyard receives the full benefit of the late afternoon and evening sun. The main vineyard area is situated at an ideal altitude (below 250 metres) that defines the classic river Quintas of the Douro.  The consistent climate in this part of the valley results in very high quality wines produced in most years.  The soil’s main component is schist, a laminated slate-like rock.

Just over 53 hectares of this 141 hectare property are under vine.  There is an extensive olive plantation and vast areas of natural vegetation.

Wine

This vineyard produces wines with a uniquely rich style; they are characterised by intense purple black colours when young, a direct result of the low yields in these vineyards and the high percentage of Touriga Franca planted on this estate. The western facing aspect of the main vineyard brings the full benefit of the afternoon sun, resulting in very ripe fruit and consequently excellent Baumés and soft ripe skins. The Vila Velha Ports have particularly lifted aromas of esteva (rock rose) and violets. The taste is characterised by very good tannins balanced with intense red fruit and black chocolate flavours. The finish is complex and long.

Vinification is carried out in robotic lagares, and the Vila Velha ports are an important part of the blend in Graham’s finest wines.  In 2010 the Quinta produced 399 pipes of must, which is equivalent to approximately 30,830 9 litre cases of Port.

Quinta and Vineyards

  • Vila Velha has a high percentage of old vines:  14% over 30 years old; 23% from the 1980s; 43% from the 1990s; 14% planted between 2002-2006 and 5% planted in 2008
  • All of the property is A-rated the highest possible quality designation
  • All grapes are picked by hand

 

 



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