QUINTA DA URZE
Quinta da Urze is located above the Ribeira d’Aguiar where, opposite to the crags, there are the remains of a once important Roman quarry. This is where the rare mountain eagle (Águia Real) has its nesting sites. The property covers 190 hectares of schist and poor soil.
The vines are planted at an average height of 320 metres, facing east and thus protected from the worst climatic excesses of this inhospitable region. The 14 hectares of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and Tinta Amarela varietals produce elegant and aromatic wines. Small handful of clones from famous international varietals are also planted.
Olive trees from the Madural e Negrinha varietals cover an area of roughly 107 hectares and are indigenous to the region. The majority age around one hundred years old.
In the old houses of the Quinta, from the middle of the 19th Century, you can find one of the oldest CARM’s winelodges. The granite open tops allow a single fermentation of 40 tons.
The juices were conducted by gravity, through channels drawn in the stone, to the old “barrels” where the brandy was added to stop the fermentation.
Nowadays, these open tops are not used due to the Quinta’s location.