The history of
The Douro Demarcated Region (the First Demarcated and Recognized Region in the World) was created in the reign of D. José I, by it’s Prime Minister and future Marquês de Pombal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, by Law of 1756, which after undergoing changes over time was confirmed in 1921.
On December 14, 2001 it is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the category of cultural landscape. The region is surrounded by mountains that give this particular mesological and climatic characteristics.
The long tradition of viticulture has produced cultural landscapes of exceptional beauty that reflects technological, social and economic evolution.
The region is formed by the ante-ordovic schist-grauvachic complex with inclusions of a structure of granitic nature. The geological composition provides protection against water erosion, good root and water permeability and high absorption of radiant energy with positive consequences on maturation and decrease in daytime thermal amplitude.
Hot and dry winds cause faster ripening and higher quality of musts. The Mediterranean type microclimate makes itself felt with very hot summers and very cold winters giving rise to concentrated, textured and varied wines, as only this region can offer.
The varieties planted in our vineyards are divided into plots of white and red varieties.
The white grapes varieties are: Rabigato, Viosinho, Gouveio, Códega do Larinho, Malvasia Fina e Arinto. We also have a plot of old vineyards with about 20 grape varieties all mixed.
The red grapes varieties are: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz e Alicante de Bouschet.
Situated on the left bank of the Tua River, in the Upper Douro sub-region, in the heart of the Douro Demarcated Region, the vines in regime of integrated production enjoy excellent sun exposure – south and west.
The grapes of Cortes do Tua Wines come from 15 hectares of vineyards divided into parcels. The white wine vineyards are located at an altitude of 500 to 700 m. And the red wines are located on the slopes of the Tua River, at a height of 300 to 400 m.
The Cortes do Tua winery is located in the Douro Superior sub-region in Pombal de Ansiães, Carrazeda de Ansiães.
Cortes do Tua vineyards are located on the left bank of the Tua River, in the Douro Superior sub-region, in the heart of the Douro Demarcated Region. Cortes do Tua Winery is located in the Douro Superior sub-region in Pombal de Ansiães, Carrazeda de Ansiães.