Cultivation of the vine
THE CULTIVATION OF THE VINE
A TERROIR FASHIONED BY NOVAL
The domaine of 145 hectares which dominates the Pinhão Valley constitutes the heart and soul of Quinta do Noval. The soil is essentially made up of schistous rock, which makes all work in the vineyard particularly difficult.
Since 1994, Quinta do Noval has replanted 100 hectares of the domaine with the noblest grape varieties of the Douro, adapting pruning methods to suit each parcel. The parcels have been replanted in single grape variety plots, the varieties chosen to suit each individual parcel of land, according to three principal factors: the altitude, the exposition, and the type of planting of the vine.
Today 'field blends', parcels of several mixed grape varieties, are progressively disappearing from the Douro Valley. Noval was a pioneer in this trend, and the first to replant in this way at the same time conserving the magnificent old terraces with their walls of schistous stone.
HARVEST A LA CARTE
Because the varieties are planted in single varietal blocks, it is possible to pick the optimum moment for harvesting each parcel.