remontage


“Remontage” consists in pumping up the wine from the bottom of the vat in order to sprinkle the “cap” (grape skin and pips which rise to the surface). The process optimises the extraction of colour and tannins. 

classified letter A


Classification Letter A. This is a classification established by the Casa do Douro, revised annually. It is based principally on the quality of the soil, the altitude, the micro-climate, and the method of cultivation of the vine in each parcel. The parcels are classified in this way from A (the best score) to F.

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Quinta do Noval - Fine Ports Since 1715

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THE 'PORT TONGS' RITUAL
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At Quinta do Noval, we regularly carry out the “Port Tongs” ritual. The process is used to uncork old bottles of Vintage Port whose corks may have deteriorated over the years from the effects of sugar and alcohol.


The tradition involves clamping red-hot tongs around the neck of the bottle, just below the bottom of the cork, for 30 seconds, and then applying an ice-cube immediately, while still holding the neck. The sudden change in temperature causes the neck to break cleanly off without leaving any shards, bringing the cork away with it.

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