Quinta da Esteveira
Here we produce the best Douro and Port wines. Red wines with great concentration of color, intense and delicate aromas.
Quinta da Esteveira, is located on the banks of the River Torto, parish of Ervedosa do Douro and Castanheiro do Sul, municipality of São João da Pesqueira. It has about 50 ha of vineyards planted mainly on terraces. The grapes installed are Touriga Franca (plantation to the top and Patamares), Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, Touriga Nacional, Sousão and still other varieties in an insignificant quantity.
Through the grapes produced in these properties are born the wines of the brands, Quinta da Esteveira, Quinta do Fail, Casal dos Jordões, among others ...
The grapes are made in a traditional way, with the grapes being carried in boxes of approximately 25 kilos to our cellar, which is about 15 km away.
The average time between harvesting the grapes and their arrival at the winery is about 40 minutes.
In this way the grapes always arrive, in excellent state of conservation and freshness, whole, fresh, healthy. Only in this state is it possible to produce quality wines, unique in the region and in the world.
Proof of this are the most diverse international and national prizes awarded to us.
The property is since 1870 in the possession of the Jordan family, owes its greatest expansion to the previous owner "Engº Arlindo C. Pinto e Cruz". It is with him that the process of commercialization of wines of the "Douro" and "Porto" begins in 1994. It is also with him that the internationalization of the company and of the wines begins, the conversion to the Biological mode of production.
We are now in full implementation of HACCP, in order to give the consumer all the guarantees of safety and hygiene of our products, as well as guarantee our employees decent, safe and satisfactory working conditions.
"Organic farming or organic farming is the term often used for the production of food and animal and vegetable products that does not make use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified food, and generally adheres to the principles of sustainable agriculture. Its basis is holistic and puts emphasis on the soil. Its proponents believe that in a healthy soil, maintained without the use of man-made fertilizers and pesticides, foods are of a higher quality than conventional foods. In several countries, including the United States (NOP), Japan (JAS - Japan Agricultural Standard), (BioSuisse) the European Union (EEC 2092/91), AOS (Australian Organic Standard / ACO - Australia Certified Organic) and Brazil (ProOrganic - Organic Agriculture Development Program [→ IN007]), organic agriculture is defined by law and regulated by the government. Production system that excludes the use of fertilizers, agrochemicals and growth regulators, is based on the use of animal manures, crop rotation, green manuring, composting and biological control of pests and diseases. This system assumes the maintenance of soil structure and depth, without altering its properties through the use of chemical and synthetic products. Organic farming is directly related to sustainable development. "
What is organic farming?
ADVANTAGES OF THE CONSUMPTION OF BIOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS
Cultivated in soils balanced by natural fertilizers, organic foods are capable of better quality as regards the content in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins, are able to satiate thanks to the balance of its constituents.
Declining biological diversity is one of today's major environmental problems. Organic farming perpetuates the diversity of seeds and local varieties, refusing GMOs that endanger many varieties of great nutritional and cultural value.
In regenerated and organically fertilized soils, plants grow healthy and develop, in the best possible way, their true aroma, their true color and flavor, which allow them to rediscover the true taste of originally unprocessed foods.
Organic Agriculture respects the balance of nature and contributes to a healthy ecosystem. The balance between agriculture and the forest rotations of crops, etc. Allow the preservation of a rural space capable of satisfying future generations.
Numerous pesticides banned in certain countries due to their toxicity continue to be used, sometimes sold illegally and smuggled. Toxicological studies recognize the links between pesticides and certain pathologies, such as cancer, allergies and asthma.
Organic Agriculture allows the rural population to be revitalized and to restore to farmers the true dignity and respect they deserve, of the general population for their role as guardian of the landscape and agricultural ecosystems
The practice of organic agriculture, which does not use dangerous products or large amounts of nitrogen that contaminate drinking water, is a permanent guarantee of obtaining pure water in future times.
Organic Agriculture is a great practice school for Environmental Education. It presents a model of sustainable development in rural areas, which is very promising for all young people who will someday be the decision makers of society.
Agrobiological producers follow a rigorous set of rules, which are controlled by certification bodies according to international rules recognized by the governments of many countries today.
Thanks to the human dimension of these farms, to ecological practices and to the proper management of local resources. Agrobiological producers create opportunities for permanent and decent job creation. "
IIRHE - Jean-Claude Rodet