Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha

Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha is one of the finest vineyards in the Pinhão valley, one of the Upper Douro's finest Port-growing regions.The Quinta was bought by the company in 1980.

Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha is one of the finest vineyards in the Pinhão valley, one of the Upper Douro's finest Port-growing regions.The Quinta was bought by the company in 1980.

Terroir

The property is located in the heart of the Pinhão valley and the main vineyard is situated in a gentle bowl 150 metres above sea level, formed by a sharp bend in the Pinhão river. The terraced vineyard rises very steeply to an altitude of 250 metres. The house and winery overlook the vineyard from the highest point of the Quinta. The vineyard aspect is south-east and east.  The vineyard has a relatively cooler climate and an average rainfall of 1,056 mm per annum.  The soil's main component is schist, a laminated slate-like rock.

Wine

The the south easterly aspect and higher altitude of this quinta result in a late ripening cycle at this estate, which dictates the style of Cavadinha Ports:  they are fresh, elegant and have very fine aromas.  Old vines make up a very high proportion of the vineyard, consequently these wines are dark and concentrated, as are the wines from the lower vineyards that border the Pinhão River. The wines from the higher terraces just below the winery are less concentrated but very fresh and have superb aromas of tea-rose and violets.  With age, the Cavadinha wines develop even more elegance and balance; the nose can give aromas of very fine old burgundy after some years in bottle.

The Cavadinha wines are at the heart of Warre's Vintage Ports, and in the years between declarations often produce a fine Quinta Vintage Port, which is bottled and then held for aging in Warre's own cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.  The Quinta Vintage Ports are generally released for sale around ten years after harvest.

Winery

Quinta da Cavadinha’s new state-of-the-art winery was inaugurated for the 2003 harvest.  Equipped with six robotic lagares, and three plunger tanks, it is now one of the most advanced small specialist wineries in the Upper Douro.  Farmers in the surrounding valleys who have been supplying Warre's for years also bring their grapes for vinification at the Quinta.  In 2010 the Quinta produced 240 pipes of must, which is equivalent to 18,550 cases of 9 litres.

Quinta and Vineyards

All of the property is “A-rated”, the highest possible quality designation and virtually the entire Quinta is now planted in varietal batches, allowing each variety to be picked and subsequently vinified separately.  All grapes are picked by hand.

30% of the vineyards at Cavadinha are ‘Vinha Velha' or old mixed plantings over 30 years old. These old vines are incredibly low yielding (in most years producing less than 1 Kg of grapes each) and produce intense and concentrated musts which are ideal for classic Vintage Port.

Warre’s is a leader in viticultural research and development in the Douro Region.  The experimental 2.5 ha vineyard at Cavadinha is dedicated solely to research into clonal selection and allows direct comparison, under identical viticultural conditions, of different grape varieties, rootstocks and the interaction between them.

 

 



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