It's no easy task growing vines in the Azores – it requires lots of passion, hard work, commitment and knowledge. But from the vineyards nurtured with these four qualities comes truly remarkable fruit that make Quinta da Jardinete range of wines.
The vineyard enjoys a cool frost free spring, long sunny summer days with sea breezes, that provides good ripening conditions in Autumm, however, with it come the challenges of lower sunlight levels and a greater variation in 'terroir'.
Surrounded by high volcanic basalt stone walls and windbreak trees, the vineyard is nicely sheltered from strong and cold winds producing crisp cool climate wines. This is not a region for more opulent wines, it is more for elegance!
All the vines are painstakingly pruned and trellised in the vertical shot technique to protect them against the elements that are as fickle as the winds that carry them. Resulting in low yields with enhanced fruit varietal characters - perfect for winemaking and the production of truly maritime climate boutique wines.
Our vineyard is planted predominantly in red to, Merlot, Aragonês, Lemberger (Blaufränkisch) and some trials with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, and in white to Chardonnay, Fernão Pires, Sauvignon Blanc, Gruener Veltliner and some trials with Riesling. These varieties have been planted in blocks to take advantage of some soil and slope variations across our property. We have some experimental plantings of another dozen varieties which will shape some blends we have in mind for the future.
All fruit is harvested by hand – parcels harvested on any given day are quite small. This helps us to identify small nuances in different parcels of fruit and process it accordingly in the winery. Our fruit sorting is done in the vineyard. Any inferior or diseased bunches are removed prior to picking, or are selected out by our small, well trained picking team.