Vineyard Management

When you open your next bottle of Temilobos, it is worth contemplating the journey that your wine has made - not just from the Quinta to you, but also in terms of the time that has passed and the grapes that make it what it is.

 
 
terrace of Quinta
Whilst the skills of the wine maker are vital, he needs excellent raw materials and it is the vineyard that plays the major role in this. The Temilobos vineyards are in the top "A" category of the official Douro vineyard classification.
 
 

The vineyards at Temilobos are a mix of very old and more recent plantings, the older ones being on traditional, non-terraced rows that can only be worked by foot or mule.
The more recent vines, planted in 2001 and 2004 are on "patamares" or terraces of one or two rows that allow access by tractor.
 
 
Though the total area under vines is no more than seven hectares (17.76 acres), the soil varies from heavy clay on the western edge to schist. The landscape is rugged and, coupled with the very hot, dry summers/contrasting with cold winters, it would not appear to lend itself to the growing of anything much. This is forgetting the power of the vine to drive its roots many metres deep into the sub rock for water and nutrients.
 
 
There are certain bursts of activity such as during the "Vindima" or, as the harvest is known in English, "The Vintage", or whilst pruning. Otherwise, it is a story of ongoing maintenance which may be in all or selected areas and can be anything from filling gaps to adding compost to boost organic matter, weeding strimming etc
 
 
mount of olives
In addition to the grapes that we grow for Temilobos table wine, we also sell about half of what is picked for Port. Other products of the Quinta are olives for "Temilobos Extra Virgin olive oil", oranges, lemons, figs, walnuts and, every 8-9 years, a small amount of cork..