Founded in 1756, Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is situated in Cima Corgo, the heartland of winegrowing in the Douro valley. In 1999, it was acquired by the Amorim family and restored at huge expense. In 1870, the Amorim family founded a small factory to manufacture cork, which has now evolved into a powerful, international conglomerate. To some extent, Quinta Nova is a private, prestige property belonging to the family. The estate also houses a plush boutique hotel and, besides wine, its output includes products such as olive oil, jams, honey and herb mixes.
Of the 120 hectares of land belonging to the estate, 85 hectares are currently planted with vines. These are located on terraces (patamares), at an average altitude of 300 metres. The rest of the land is used as an ecological compensation area.
Cellar foreman Pedro Pina Cabral's team works with an ingenious mix of traditional varietals: Vinha Velha (15%), Touriga Nacional (24%), Touriga Franca (20%), Tinta Roriz (17%), Tinta Barroca (11%), Tinto Cão (6%), Tinta Amarela (4%) and Souzão (3%).
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo produces various ranges. The basic range comprises the fresh and fruity “Pomares” wines. Next up in the hierarchy are the “Grainha” wines, while the Quinta wines make up the premium segment, split into Colheita, Reserva and Grande Reserva. Port wines are also made. Quinta Nova's wines have regularly received awards and top ratings in recent years.