Quinta do Francês Vineyard
October 14, 2011
On a day when the rest of the family has gone off to find a beach the Husband and I decided to head into the countryside to check out a spa town in the mountains called Monchique (which was so lovely, but a little remote and felt very cut off from the world) and then on the way I was saying how it didn’t look like we were going to be able to check out any vineyards… then my Husband spotted a sign…
To Quinta do Francês, a vineyard with wine tastings, so we drove up to take a look.
This was the view off to one side of the valley, it was the only cloudy day we had the whole time we were there, and even then the sun broke through a lot and it was still warm.
These are the vines.
We had a little tour from one of the owners; run by a Husband and Wife team, he is French, she is Portuguese. He is a doctor and still practises I think and she runs the vineyard day-to-day.
They have been going since 2002 and producing wine since 2008, winning awards in their first year and most years since.
This is their cellar and producing building. I love its traditional look.
We had a tour of the small winery and Fátima explained their processes and how much wine they make etc, which was all so interesting. They have done so well in such a short time.
Then we had a little taste of the four wine they produce.
The white and rose they make using grapes they buy from others, the reds are their own grapes.
All of them were delicious.
They had to sell a vintage from 2009, which had won an award and a red from 2010 which was about half the price, more of an ‘everyday wine’
We got bottles of each to take home, and to give to my Father in Law who really appreciated a good red.
Check out these bottles! Good for a wedding don’t you think?
I didn’t know anything about Portuguese wine but learnt a little here, about the markets and that not much is exported and I did notice that good wine was really good value in the shops. We never spent more than £6 and a lot we bought was around £3-4 and it was all really great.
You should go visit! Or you can buy online – Quinta do Francês