Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of Douro valley and owned by Amorim family since 1999. The family connection to the wine comes from afar, through its connection with the export houses of Vila Nova de Gaia in the cork business. Meanwhile the dream came true and the project is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the family. With a story longer than 250 years, the property displays conserved structures and the cellar original building from 1764, after interventions by the architect Arnaldo Barbosa. But the «quinta» is much earlier than this and history confirms it as a great land belonging to the Portuguese Royal House, having been identified its first owner in 1725. The winery produced more than 3,500 barrels of wine from neighboring estates and it was soon 'integrated in the first demarcation of the region'. The historic sites that are still preserved give notice to this historic weight. An entrepreneur spirit and family vision did however the difference because, combined with a passionate commitment to the future, determined the beginning of multiple changes to a path of oenological excellence.
The estate has 120ha over the Douro river, along 1.5 km on the right bank, in the heart of the Douro (subregion of Cima Corgo). Of these, 85ha are planted with carefully maintained vines, all letter A, framed in the wonderful and unique UNESCO landscape. In the terroir of Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, an unusually beautiful property, the soil is composed of greywachian schist, where it is still possible to see vines planted in terraces, at 2 trellis levels or to better follow the contour lines, vines planted on high. The terroir includes inclinations over 45º and reaches a maximum altitude of 297m. The average number of planted vines is 3.500 vines per hectare resulting in average productions of 4000 kilos per hectare. The low humidity in the area produce highly concentrated grapes both in sugar content and in colour. The vineyards, with an integrated production system, are planted facing south and west, and are subject to the hottest and driest winds which means faster maturations and improved quality of the must. The Mediterranean micro climate translates into very hot summers and very cold and rainy winters, with annual average rainfall around 400mm, creating very concentrated, different and textured wines, as only this region can offer.