Vineyards

The soil's main component is schist, also showing alluvial characteristics like the pebbles on the vineyards and on the estate walls.

The temperate Mediterranean climate in Beiras region presents foggy mornings during almost the entire year which has great influence on grapes' quality, because ripening process takes place slowly and so there is less oxidation of acids and aromas.

The method of planting is Royat cord and rootstocks used are 1103P and R110. In 2000 a new stage begins with the planting of 7ha of new vineyards adding to the existing 6ha, but the usage of grape varieties Baga and Touriga Nacional (red) and Cerceal (white) are maintained.

The first production of these new vineyards took place in 2003 and on that year a new wine has been created. Quinta de Foz de Arouce - Vinhas Velhas de Santa Maria is produced with grapes originating from the old vineyards and Quinta de Foz de Arouce with grapes from the new vineyards.

The wine Vinhas Velhas de Santa Maria is only produced in years of exceptional quality and the vintages released are 2003, 2005 and 2007.

In 2007 a conversion of 3 of the existing 6ha of old vineyards takes place, because the vines are too old and virtually unproductive.

Year
Grape Variety
Area (ha)
1940 Baga  2,00
Cerceal
 0,50
2000
Baga
 5,00
Touriga Nacional
 2,50
Cerceal
 0,50
2007 Touriga Nacional
 2,00
Cerceal  1,00
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Grape varieties

Cerceal
Touriga Nacional
Touriga Nacional
Touriga Nacional
The bunches have small rounded grapes of different sizes. The vine spacing method has strong influence on the development of this grape variety. Wines produced from Touriga Nacional show high alcohol content, balanced acidity, complex herby and resin aromas, full body and ageing potential.
Touriga Nacional

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