Quinta das Amendoeiras
A REAL WINE QUINTA IN DOURO, THE RIVER AS A BORDER
Quinta das Amendoeiras has been in the Negreiros family since the 1940s, when it was bought by Joaquim Trigo de Negreiros. This acquisition marked the return of the family to Douro, from where they had departed during the phylloxera plague at the end of the 19th century. The winery used to produce Port and sell it to Cockburn’s. When the company acquired the neighbouring Quinta dos Canais, Quinta das Amendoeiras deactivated its own winery and started selling its in-natura grapes to Cockburn...
Negreiros wine is the first concrete result of the 1999 Europe-Latin America and Caribbean Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Or a love story.
Wait! We can explain:
Jornal Público and TSF radio commissioned its correspondent in Rio de Janeiro to cover the 1999 summit. The newspaper Diário Económico sent its correspondent in Brussels to Rio. The two met and that's it ... They lived two and a half years separated by an Atlantic, but in 2002 both returned to live together in Portugal. The ex-correspondent in Rio, Mário Negreiros, was challenged by his father, Joaquim, to take over the administration of Quinta das Amendoeiras in the Upper Douro, and create a wine to be labeled by the family.
The first Negreiros was made in 2004, when the national market was flooded with liters of wine and new brands. This, added to the huge financial difficulties in Portugal in the following years, forced Negreiros - and many others! - to seek alternatives. Today, almost all Negreiros's production is consumed in the United Kingdom.
The best years, for now, were 2007, 2013 and 2015 - years in which we made "Reserva" editions. Although every Negreiros could be labeled as "Reserva", meeting all the high criteria of IVDP, we don't use it on every label. We don't want to banalize the term "Reserva", that's why we save it for really special years, when we can separate the best liters to make a REAL "Reserva", and even without it have a ordinary Negreiros worthy of its name.
Between successes and difficulties, Negreiros's story keeps evolving as a wine and a culture. In Quinta das Amendoeiras there is no work hierarchy - the owner washes boxes, sweeps the winery, prunes vines ...! During harvesting, the house is invaded by people from the whole world, we already had Dutch, Norwegian, English, Brazilian, Cypriot and German feet in a single tank! Besides wine, what is produced in Quinta das Amendoeiras every year is a huge amount of new-old friends.
It is from this mixture of affections that was born the idea that Negreiros is a wine made with people... and some grapes as well.
If you want to be treated like a king or a queen, please don't come. If you want to know a real Douro Quinta, where real people make real wine in a real winery, you’re most welcome!
WHAT WE HAVE
The heart and soul of Negreiros family. You will always have a glass of our beloved wine waiting for you!
Or perhaps a few bottles.
Private Boat Ride
The incredible Douro river looks even more fantastic when you explore it by boat. Add in a pair of skis and a wakeboard and the fun is guaranteed!
Because wine and food love each other, we offer this experience with delicious homemade meals created with lots of love and care!
The Douro river is just a short walk from the house and the private beach area is one of the features that makes our offer truly unique in the region. The river provides guests with an enjoyable bathing with the stunning hillsides in the backdrop.
We are located in a really privileged site considered a World Heritage by UNESCO. The Quinta is surrounded by gorgeous natural views and far from the pollution and the stress of big cities.
We love music! There is a guitar in each room and more instruments around the house. We aim to make your stay at Quinta das Amendoeiras an unparalleled travel experience to help recharge, reboot and inspire you.
THINGS TO DO AROUND
Fraga da Ola Observatory
From the newly built metal structure you can see the famous Fraga da Ola surrounded by extraordinary panoramic views of a large section of the Douro valley.
Coordinates: 41º 09 '54.02' 'N 7º 14' 03.12''O
The Ansiães castle location provides excellent natural defense. This castle has a long history, with the first remnants of the site dating back to the third millennium BC.
Coordinates: 41°12'10.00"N / 7°18'19.66"W
Anta de Zedes
Megalithic monument locally known as Casa da Moura. The monument is well preserved and it is possible to see its polygonal chamber and the impressive aisle facing East.
Coordinates: 41º16’32.79”N / 7º17’36.61”O
“The place and hospitality were much over our expectations and better than any other place we have been in Portugal. They exceed all they promissed in the internet site. Charming family excellent cooking and the best view of the river and valley.” - Avner and Zohar Karpol