Bright sunshine greeted our first full day of the tour and a very full day was in store. Our first stop was at Terrus Douro. This is a tiny estate owned by Maria Foy and they make just one wine from a blend of five grapes – Touriga Nacional, Sousao, Touriga Francesa, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The last two grapes being relatively unusual in the region. Accessing the property is a bit of a challenge with a large coach but our excellent driver Paulo was masterful In his manoeuvring.
It was harvest day – given the size of the estate they can pick everything in one hit and the first boxes of grapes had just arrived in their tiny winery.
Maria took us through the various wine making processes before we headed into the tasting room. One of the features of Terrus is the fact that they age their wines extensively before release so having tasted a delicious white made from Viosinho and Gouveio we moved onto the reds – 2012, 2011 and 2010. As the estate is so small, you get a clear insight into the vintage differences. 2012 was elegant and structured, 2010 was super ripe and intense and 2011 was balanced and youthful. We finished off with their 26 year old Port which was utterly divine.
We then headed along the Douro river to Quinta do Tedo which is owned by Kay and Vincent Bouchard – part of the renouned Burgundy negociant family. First up was a delicious lunch with fabulous views over the Tedo river which joins into the Douro. A fabulous spread of vegetable fritters, cold meats, bean tempura, burrata and followed by veal with mushrooms and a delicious chocolate pudding.
We waddled into the tasting room where we were hosted by Santiago who was very engaging and gave us a great insight into the estate, showed us some lagares full of grapes and hosted an excellent tasting of their Ports. LBV 2015, 10 YO and 20 YO Tawnies, followed by 1997 and 2003 vintage ports.
A truly spectacular first day.