Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wines of Portugal International Conference - Part 2 - Visit to Afros Project (Vinho Verde)

In the midst of a luxurious landscape dominated by green shades of exuberant vegetation, lies a small piece of paradise - the Quinta do Casal do Paço, that we had the opportunity to visit during our trip to Portugal in December.
Vasco Croft, who is really passionate about viticulture and wines, was kind enough to explain to us his methods (he is a biodynamic producer) and showed the beautiful Quinta and his wines to our group.

  A traditional property of the ancient local Aristocracy, the Quinta has at its centre a remarquable species of noble Rural Architecture, and has been in the hands of the Vaz Guedes family since the 17th century.This  and other buildings in granite, some dating as far back as the 16th century, can be found within the property. However, these are not the oldests signs of civilization here. Pre-Roman ruins, objects and ceramics, give us evidence of human presence beyond the records of history.

  With exceptional conditions of soil and solar exposition, the vineyards lie on softly inclined hills looking over the Lima River. More than 20 hectares of an ecologically sound territory, rich in bio-diversity, in which we find, besides the vines, forests with species of acacia, oak, beech, pine and eucalyptus, chestnuts orchards and a park of century old monumental trees.

  Economically sustained by viticulture since we know, the vineyard has always been highly appreciated by the merchants that travelled the region in search for wines for the cities, for they usually offered for the renowned "Vinho do Casal" the double of the standard market price.

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And also some of the pictures that we took that day. I hope you enjoy them.


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