Quintas of Douro are prestigious vineyards, planted in terraces and overlooking the majestic Douro river. They are part of the Unesco World's Heritage list.
Both Quintas produce powerful and elegant wines under their own name: Quinta Beira Douro and Quinta Do Malhô, wines recognized by the cream of international critics.

Two prestigious Quintas

Famous for its ancestral production of Porto, the Douro region is now diversifying into magnificent red wines in the same Quintas using unique and exceptional grape varieties such as Tourigas. We have two prestigious wine-making properties in the Douro region, in the municipality of San Juan de Pesqueira, next to Pinhaõ:
Quinta Beira Douro, covering 10 hectares on the banks of the river Douro, in a temperate climate as north-facing: an elegant and fresh wine.
Quinta do Malhô, covering 5 hectares on the south-facing slope of a nearby valley the Torto, a tributary of the Douro, produces a rich and powerful wine.
Under the PILHEIROS brand name, we produce a second wine, made with grapes of our two Quintas.
Then, as a mid range wine, we have created BARCO NEGRO, a wine coming from the selection of the best grapes coming from small local producers.

Wine-growing in the Douro area, an Ancestral tradition

The Grape Variety Diversity

The Douro is a region with numerous varieties (more than 80), which can already be found mixed together in the vineyard. All our wines are blends, and the proportions vary from year to year.
The most reputed varieties are Tinta Roriz, the local name for the superb Tempranillo with firm tannins, Touriga Franca, locally known as the “Flower of the Douro”, considered to be one of three best varieties in the Douro, it offers colour and aromatic complexity, and Touriga Nacional, the most sought after variety in the Douro, which gives small yields that are wonderfully rich in tannins, colour and aromatic intensity.
Then, there are also the lesser known, less prevalent varieties such as Sousão and Tinta Amarela. Set at a high altitude, on schistose soils, these grapes ripen in exceptional conditions, giving wines that are rich and concentrated, but always well-balanced. And let us not forget, Tinta Borroca, with its sweet and delicate aromas, Tinta Francisca, a very old variety producing very low yields, and Tinto Cão, which ripens late and makes excellent quality wines.

Work by Hand in the Vineyards

Most work in the vineyard is done by hand due to the steepness of the terrain. There is no use of herbicides in the vineyards and all weed control is done by hand. Only natural organic fertilizer is used in the vineyards. Cultivation of soils which have become compacted over the years is done by horse and plough. At the time of harvest the grapes are handpicked into shallow crates.

Winemaking and the Art of Blending

The wines of the Douro are blends of at least six to ten varieties which are traditionally planted mixed together in the vineyards. Inevitably the moment of picking is a compromise between ripeness levels of the different varieties.
It is for this reason that the soft foot treading in the traditional Douro “lagares” is used to gently extract the aromas, tannins and colour from the skins.
Then the juices are mixed and ferment either in vats either in barrels under controlled low temperature of 16°C to preserve the fruit characteristics of the wine.

Map of Douro Portugal’s appellation system is comparable to that of France. The classic wines are governed by the Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho. The region of the Douro is entitled DOC (Denominaçao de Origem Controlada) appellation. The Delimited Region of the Douro comprises three distinct regions: Baixo Corgo to the west, Cima Corgo, the heart of the Douro Delimited Region, in the centre, and Douro Superior, to the east. The Douro Valley was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The region is characterised by the large number of microenterprises, with over 40,000 winegrowers each owning under 2 hectares of vineyards on average.