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At the heat radiated from the stones beneath his furry white paws, the rabit made long graceful leaps to a giant silver thermos sitting precariously next to the old olive tree. Looking both right, the left, the rabit smiled a toothy grin before wedging his nose under a ripe grape...

2010's Harvest
2020 was another year full of challenges beyond those caused by the pandemic, difficulties in flowering, some pressure from diseases and extreme heat, resulted in low yields and very small productions, rewarded with wines of great color and aromas and good concentration.

2019's Harvest
This was the longest harvest since we started wine production and certainly one of the most demanding, especially due to the lack of manpower, a scenario that is worse year after year. It was necessary lots of patience, a continuous evaluation of the maturation and a careful analysis of weather forecasts, to be able to pick the grapes at the best moment and according to the objectives.


2018's Harvest
After an extremely dry 2017, 2018 started dry, creating a great concern. But after 20 months with precipitation levels far below average, the rain finally arrived in March, sometimes strong and accompanied by hail, causing some issues throughout the region.

2017's Harvest
2017 was an extremely hot and dry year. Overall, from April to September the average temperature was the second highest since 1931, only lower than 2005 and the average value of the maximum temperature was the highest since 1931. Precipitation was the second lowest since 1931, only higher than the occurred in 2005.

2016's Harvest
2016 was a very unusual year in the Douro, with complex climatic conditions. Winter and spring were quite rainy, even in Douro Superior. Although the bud break was early, the spring temperatures were low, which delayed the vegetative grow of the vines.


2015's Harvest
2015 viticultural year was very dry, with very low precipitation levels. The Spring period between March and June was simultaneously the hottest and driest period for 36 years and flowering and veraison took place around 1 week earlier than normal.

New planting at Cornalheira
We are replanting one of our Cornalheira old vines. These vines, planted about 40 years ago, with the grape varieties and the techniques used at the time, with considerable presence of red Mourisco and red and white varieties mixed...

2014's Harvest
Contrarily to what was expected, the 2014 vintage was quite tricky, with the rain having a role that wasn’t in anyone's plan.
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