Quinta das Quartas
The Poças winemaking centre. Planted with more than 2.5 ha of vines, this quinta is noted for its immense wine lodge where the firm’s Port Wine is aged. Up 25,000 hectolitres of wines are stored in wooden casks ranging in size from 267-Litre hogsheads to 88,000-Litre vats. Since 1996 the wines from all of Poças’ quintas have been made at this modern winery – a total of 1.1 million Litres of wine. The property also boasts a small museum where one can see the original granite treading tanks dating from 1873.
Manoel Poças Júnior was particularly fond of his first wine estate in the Douro. He visited the quinta almost every week, walking the last 700 metres on foot over rocky paths. Sadly his dream of one day being able to drive right up to the property never came true as the present road was only built much later.
Quinta Sta Barbara
This quinta, planted with approximately 33 ha of vines and a lovely walled orange grove, produces some of Poças’ finest Vintages and LBV Ports under the Quinta de Santa Bárbara label. The name of the property comes from an earlier quinta that boasts a chapel to this saint and an astounding panoramic landscape view of Peso da Régua.
The building of a road that divided the original quinta led to the purchase of the present wine estate in 1999. When it was purchased, only a fourth of the total estate was planted with old vines. The entire property was later planted using the most modern techniques and the finest varietals.
Quinta de Vale de Cavalos
Located in Numão, a prime winemaking region, all the vineyards are planted with the finest varieties of vines. The quinta was purchased in 1988 and boasts approximately 51 hectares of land under vines, divided in three lots: Ribeira Teja, Catapereiro, Tanque and Zoc.
The rolling land requires no supporting walls, which makes working the vineyards that much easier. Ribeira Teja’s proximity to a reservoir created by a recently-built dam, together with a sophisticated drip irrigation system, are essential to overcoming the effects of the frequent droughts the region that suffers from the lowest annual rainfall in Portugal.