Harvest time III

The whites of CASA de MOURAZ started the fermentation now. Now it's time to taste the red grapes in the vineyards and analize it to decide when to start with the red wines. António does kilometers in the vineyards to pick up grapes and taste it. In the Douro it's harder, he needs to climb a lot!!

Harvest time II



More about the harvest. We finishid the whites in the Dão and we did the first "lagar" in the Douro Valley - 4000 kg of beautiful grapes, Touriga-Franca, Touriga-Nacional and others. The "corte do lagar" was done Sunday, we did some pictures. It's 3 hours treading under foot the grapes in the "lagar", the first 2 hours very military, the last one with free movements.







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Harvest time

Yesterday we started the harvest in the Dão, in some white vineyards - with Bical, Malvasia-Fina and a little of Encruzado. The maturations are great and the grapes are very healthy (nothing of botritis, what is great, because sometime this could be a problem working in organic farming in our region). Because it was holiday in Tondela, I spent all day with the children and I had no oportunity to do some pictures. Only 2 photos of a Bical grape, that in our region it's called "borrado das moscas" (that means "spotty by the flies"!!)




From Barca d'Alva to Almendra



In August, under almost 40ºC, we did a wonderful car drive between the slopes of the Douro Superior, with the river running down, surrounded by olive trees, vineyards and dust, António and Emil in the front of the car, me and the little Jorge behind. Most of it on a dusty road not proper for our car. It was great!!














































































































Portugal Tour - Douro Superior

August was great because we had the oportunity of travel a lot on the Douro Valley, and for me Douro Superior it's the most beautiful place in Portugal to be. The triplet vineyards - olive trees - almond trees, and some other little bushes and flowers kep me in love for this land. And it's the better place to do organic and biodynamic wines - the sunny sky is omnipresent.



























Uma parte da história, por António Lopes Ribeiro

Nasci em Dezembro de 1970, numa casa de granito construída pelo meu pai, António Ribeiro, num terreno herdado pela minha mãe, Maria Fernanda, outrora pertença do meu avô que por sua vez o tinha recebido do meu bisavô. A pedra utilizada na sua construção foi, ela própria, arrancada nesse terreno. Segundo conta o meu pai, hoje com mais de 80 anos, a casa e os armazéns demoraram dois anos a construir. De uma terra inóspita e praticamente inculta nasceu uma bela construção e vários terraços perfeitamente aráveis, onde viria a nascer a vinha do Outeiro. Conta também que, nesse ano, em virtude da grande preocupação com a obra, perdeu praticamente toda a colheita de vinho...

Mesmo assim ainda teve tempo para plantar uma nova vinha. Nasci sobre uma adega, com cubas de betão, lagar e tonéis. Em Dezembro os vinhos ainda se ajeitavam no interior do vasilhame e os seus aromas atravessavam o tabuado que separava a adega do meu quarto. Sou o quarto filho, irmão de Adriano, Hélder e Jorge.