First point to mention is certainly the wine production. We are located in the heart of the Dao wine region on a tributary of the Rio Dao.
We produce in a traditional way, a full-bodied red and white wine from the classic Dao grapes, such as Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Jaen.
From the resulting residue is distilled Aguadente, with a high percentage of alcohol and comparable to Italian grappa.
Lastly, some of the freshly pressed grape juice is taken aside and blended with it’s own grape brandy in order to produce Jeropiga, a sweet dessert wine, similar to port wine.
Here, we have very hot summers, replaced by rainy winters, which create a very green landscape in which we can grow almost anything.
Thus, we also grow almost all vegetables and field crops, from potatoes and onions to the Mediterranean vegetables such as eggplant, peppers and chilies. Asparagus grows well even in our weathered granite soils.
All this is done in a gentle manner, similar to organic farming.
Olive cultivation is central to the local agriculture. We also have olive trees, which give us the typical Galega olives which we use to make a distinctive oil with our own unique touch.
In years in which we are spared from late frosts, here at Quinta do Mineiro we have all kinds of fruits, such as:
Apples, even old varieties, which are not commercially available. Quinces, peaches, pears, figs, berries, oranges, melons and much more.
All our products are available fresh in season here, and many as preserves as well!