About Quinta das Murças
Whilst the exact date Quinta dos Murças was established is not known, documents from as early as 1714 describe the estate and wine has been produced there for over two hundred years. The estate was the first to plant vines on terraces in the Douro in the 1950s and was purchased in 2008 by the family-owned company Esporão.
The vineyards are planted on schistous soils in the sub-region of Cima Corgo, in the cooler part of the Douro. They are planted, so as to harvest the maximum amount of sunlight; essential to fully ripen the grapes. Some are farmed vertically on slopes that fall steeply down to the river; these offer up spectacular views, but cultivating them is laborious.
Winemaking team: José Luís Moreira da Silva is the estate’s winemaker, with David Baverstock, who is at the forefront of modern Portuguese winemaking, overseeing the production. David is keen to develop the wines, using advanced vinification techniques, to emphasise the true character of the regions indigenous varieties.
At the edge of the Quinta dos Murças boundary, there is a valley formed by steep slopes. Here, the vineyards are primarily north facing and relatively high. The wind whistles here – the Portuguese for whistle is assobio – and the Assobio wines the grapes produced are fresh, versatile and food friendly.
Since November 2016, Quinta dos Murças has only used organic production methods. Most of the Quinta remains wild, making the agro-ecosystem more resilient, facilitating communication with conservation areas and boosting the Quinta’s ecological balance.