Quinta de Vargellas

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Quinta de Vargellas

Post by DRT » 21:49 Thu 25 Sep 2008

Frederick Blais and I were lucky enough to be allowed access to Quinta de Vargellas during our trip to the Douro in September 2008.

Vargellas has been at the heart of the Taylor Fladgate empire since 1893 and it's grapes are the backbone of the brand's classic Vintage Port. This is one of the most outstandingly beautiful and well preserved Quinta's in the Douro. Visiting this place is like stepping back in time but the facilities for the owners, visitors and workers are second to none that I have seen.

Fred and I were treated to a wonderful tasting which included two vintages of Quinta de Vargellas Vinha Velha and the classic Taylor 2003. My tasting notes from this visit can be found here:
...and here as some pictures from our visit:
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The tasting at Vargellas.jpg
LTR: Terra feita 05, Vargellas 05, Taylor 03, Vinha Velha 00 and Vinha Velha 04
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The railway bridge leading to Vargellas station.jpg
Looking west towards Pinhao from a view point on the Quinta
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Quinta de vargellas of the right and Cockburn's Quinta de Canais on the opposite side of the river.
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The Vinha Velha (Old Vines) at Vargellas.jpg
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Guest bedroom at Vargellas.jpg
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Frederick Blais and Jorge Ramos.jpg
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The winery complex is in the foreground with the workers accommodation above and to the left.
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"The first duty of Port is to be red"
Ernest H. Cockburn

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