Covas do Douro (Quinta Nova)
The Tale of Two WinesTable wine is not the first thing that comes to people's mind when they think of Douro valley, the biggest port wine producing region in Portugal, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Yet when we went to Douro Valley, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the port and the red table wine. We learned that both port and red table wines from this region are made of the same varietals grown only in Portugal, such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz to name a few. Unlike red table wines from other regions in Europe, the ones made from these varietals have deeper color concentration, a lot of tannin, and are very robust in flavor. One of our favorite wine estates or “Quinta” in the Douro region is Quinta Nova with its terraced vineyards situated in the sub-region of Cima Corgo. The estate is as historic as the region itself, dating back to the 18th century with much of its history and traditions preserved. Its rich history along with the culture and terroir came alive in the rich flavor of its beautifully crafted wines as we drank them while sitting on a hilltop terrace overlooking the beautiful Douro river valley.