We were lucky with the weather on our first full day in the Douro. Cloudy but dry as we took a 45 minute drive to the village of Barro and the tiny estate called Terrus – run by the lovely Maria Foy.
I have known Maria since 2008 and no tour to the Douro would be complete without a visit to her tiny adega. Making only 2000 bottles per year from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousao, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the original philosophy when they started in 2004 was to create wines capable of long ageing. They have certainly succeeded as we tasted 2019, 2012 and 2010. The older vintages showed wonderful elegance, but the 2019 was a revelation. Having given the winemaker a new brief, the result was a more forward drinking fruit driven style. It will be fascinating to see how it develops over time.
As ever, Maria spoilt us with wonderful figs, table grapes and plums from the garden and a huge selection of cheeses, hams, aged honey and meat pies.
This was a delightful first visit and Maria gave us a wonderful insight into local Douro viticulture.
From Terrus, it was a thirty minute drive to Quinta do Tedo, an estate established in 1992 by Vincent and Kay Bouchard. The Bouchard family is very well known in Burgundy and Kay comes from Napa Valley and they were keen to invest in new vineyards and settled on the Douro. They have made a great success of the estate – making rose, reds and ports. We took a brief visit around the winery and it was great to see some grapes in the lagares.
A tasting of their three still reds ensued. Entry level, reserva and grande reserva showed eminently well the evolution of style and depth of quality. From the tasting room to the dining room and a fabulous lunch ensued. A wonderful array of starters was followed by an amazing wild boar casserole with a cauliflower puree. A pannacotta with port reduction rounded the afternoon off.