Grape harvest at Quinta do Espinho

Grape harvest at Quinta do Espinho

The crop, transport, foot treading, fermentation…. at last the grape harvest.

This year’s drought that affected Douro made us anticipate the grape harvest by two weeks, there is no memory of such anticipation.

Although the early start of the grape harvest, this decision, like in former years, was made just a few days before its beginning, because grape maturation is determined by grape caste, local and exposition.

The grape harvest starts on the first day of the crop. Due to the specific terrain characteristics, the grape harvest is manually made, which allows the knowledgeable worker to select which bunch of grape to harvest. Hence the expression that says that the harvest starts in the vine!


Once, this manual and human character of the grape harvest, always present in the Douro terrace landscape, was made by men who carried 70 kilos wicker baskets full of grapes, tier by tier.

Today, this transport is made by machines and the grapes are taken by Agostinho and his tractor, inside plastic boxes with a capacity of 25 kilos. These boxes assure the integrity of the grape, preventing them from being squashed by their own weight. If that happens, natural fermentation process starts.

After transport, begins the grape selection, foot threading or crushing in the lagar or in stainless steel wine vats. Then, fermentation occurs for 7 days, followed by pressing, encuba and wine ageing.

At the end of the day, we are ready for the foot threading. It is a joy to step into the lagar with the children and friends that stay for dinner

Every year someone takes a dive, this year, was Zé Pedro’s turn!

We believe that 2017 will be a year of exceptional Harvest!




Bees pollenating vines

Bees pollenating vines

We believe in Nature, People and Roots as our particular inspirors to reach the highest quality.

The way has been and will be made through sustainable environment actions, in order to get the best potential for our grapes using the minimum artificial products.

From the very beginning of the wine project, Quinta do Espinho has had a few beehives.

They are found on the slopes looking on to river Távora. All began as a first  experience by André, who managed to put a swarm back into a beehive.

Presently he is in charge of thirty beehives producing high quality pure honey.

The unique Douro terroir allows unique habitat conditions for the bees.

Visiting 10 flowers a minute and flying 40 times a day, they touch 40.000 flowers, in search of nectar and pollen.

The bee is, not only the most  important agent for the pollenizing of our vines, but also a wonderful producer of the  purest honey, rich in protein, mineral salts and vitamins, so good for man’s health.

It’s incredible to see how 70.000 bees, in just one beehive, work for the community in such a disciplined and organized model.

Each beehive has 1 queen bee, around 400 male honey-bees= drones) and thousands of worker bees.

The queen bee has the most important role, as all the organization and reproduction of the species depend on her.

She is also responsible for egg laying, commanding all the bees. Only the females work=the worker bees.

Males can enter any beehive, to fecund the queen bee and protect the community safety.

Soon…. André’s work at the beehive