“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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< back - Published : 18/03/2015
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From the beginning of November to the end of February, our team goes over each of the vineyard’s parcels removing last year’s wood from the vine. It’s an essential stage in ensuring the good health of the vines, and therefore the quality of their grapes. 

20 winegrowers join forces for this wintertime work, which is carried out entirely by hand on the 145 hectares which make up the vineyard. Each grower prunes between 300 and 600 vines per day, depending on the pruning method: Cordon de Royat, Guyot simple and Guyot double for the oldest parcels. 

The pruning method varies from one parcel to the next, but also, within the same parcel, from one vine stock to the next. For during the first few years of its life, the winegrower shapes the vine according to the selected pruning method. Then, as the years go by, the vine grows stronger as it extends its roots into the ground, and the winegrower steers its movement by adapting to the way it has chosen to grow. 

Pruning requires a blend of technique and adaptability, of precision and intuition. In some ways it’s an art form... which, year in year out, keeps on contributing to the quality of the Quinta do Noval wines.

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