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History & Philosophy

The exact date Quinta dos Murças was founded is unknown; however, documents indicate that it existed as early as 1714. In the 1800’s and early 1900’s wine was produced, but it was in 1950’s when wine production advanced significantly under the guidance of the young agronomist José de Freitas Sampaio. He revolutionised the farm’s cultivation and vinification techniques, and introduced the first ‘vinha ao alto’ (vines planted on terraces) in the Douro.

Purchased by the family owned Esporão  company in 2008, Quinta dos Murças remains a classic Douro farm, stretching along 3.2 km of the right bank of the River Douro,  in the Cima Corgo sub-region, between the towns of Peso da Régua and Pinhão.

David Baverstock, who is at the forefront of modern Portuguese winemaking, oversees the winemaking and aims to take full advantage of the great Douro terroir and grape diversity, and to combine Portuguese tradition with some of the most advanced vinification techniques.

Vineyard & Climate

The 156 hectare farm (60 hectares planted under vine) contains predominantly indigenous grape varieties, with vines aged from 15-70 years old, and classified as Grade A (the region’s top classification).

In Cima Corgo, the landscape is inhospitable, rough and virtually untameable. There are countless deep and steep valleys. Flora shyly sprouts among the rocks resting on stony and schist soils, making the vines less vigorous and verdant than in Baixo Corgo. The climate is more severe here than in the other Douro sub-regions: 9 months of cold and 3 months of intense heat.

The Quinta’s winery is typical of the region with traditional ‘lagares’ for grape treading and fermentation. The best quality wines are hand selected and foot tread the old way in the lagars. The winery has undergone complete modernisation, including gravity fed operations for wines such as Assiobio.

Quinta Dos Murcas

‘Assobio’ means “wind that whistles through the valley”.

Assobio Branco
A Douro DOC blend of Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio. Citrus aromas with mineral notes on the palate.

Assobio Rosé

A Douro DOC blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca. Aromas of fresh fruit with hints of black cherry. 

Assobio Tinto

A Douro DOC blend of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. Aromas of spicy liquorice, cherries and dark chocolate. 20% aged in oak for 6 months.

A Douro DOC wine, blended from ‘Old Vines’. Grapes are handpicked and foot trodden in traditional lagares. Matured 12 months in oak, followed by 12 months bottle ageing.

Vintage 2011
Produced from a blend of 'A grade' grapes (Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão), this vintage port is fermented in traditional granite lagares with foot treading. Aromas of dark berry fruit and violets with and elegant palate and velvety finish. 

10 Year Old Tawny

Harvested from vineyards with an average age of 20 years, only ‘A grade’ grapes are selected. A very complex nose with hints of fig, walnut and a touch of vanilla.

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