The intensity and the silence of the Douro characterize the essence of Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo. On this property, which has been in the Amorim family since 1999, one can go deep within the wild and beautiful landscape, to feel the strength and harmony of nature, and bear witness to the memory and modernity of the region.
With an age of more than 250 years, the farm was the property of Casa Real Portuguesa and was part of the first demarcation of the Pombal era, and already a distinguished producer of top wines of superior quality. It became Quinta Nova when two farms joined together and adopted a name dedicated to the saint Nossa Senhora do Carmo, whom the navigators of the rabelos (traditional boats) asked for protection from wrecks during their passage through the dangerous part of the river next to the farm.
Still today there is, on the edge of the Douro, a small chapel which stands as a memory of faith. In the same way, on the hillside above, there is an 18th century manor house which has been converted into a wine hotel - the first in Portugal - with 11 rooms, a winery restaurant named Conceitus, tours, tastings and other activities connected to wine tourism on the farm.
Additionally, the building that houses the cellar from 1764 was preserved and converted into a wine atelier, a place for the traditional preparation of grapes that are the source of the best reserve wines of the farm.
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo has 120 hectares of vineyard, within an integrated system of production, with fortuitous direct sunlight – facing southward and to the sunset – a mediterranean micro-climate, warm summers and cold and rainy winters, and 21 fields of different grape varieties. It is the diversity of the Douro expressed in the best way. This motto also speaks to the challenge for the leader of the project, Luisa Amorim, who is devoted to giving body to wines distinctly terroir, but also with an appropriate signature; elegant, with elevated character and extraordinary freshness.