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Vineyards from Sir Cliff Richard

Experience an exclusive tour of the vineyards and winery at Quinta do Miradouro and enjoy a tasting of Sir Cliff Richard’s award winning Vida Nova & Onda Nova wines, which are vinified, matured and bottled on the estate.

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Sir Cliff has known and loved the Algarve for over 40 years. His idea to plant a vineyard at his property Quinta do Moinho provided the genesis point for the Vida Nova range of wines. Sir Cliff is very much involved in producing the wine. When in Portugal he is often seen getting his hands dirty in the vineyard or indeed his feet dirty in the winery, cleaning the fermentation vats.

Below we like to explain the different attachments:
Quinta do Moinho
Quinta do Moinho Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyard was planted in 1997 and 1998 having had detailed studies carried out by the eminent Australian viticulturist Dr. Richard Smart. The plantings consist of of Syrah or Shiraz, a native of the Rhône valley in France; Aragonês, indigenous to the Iberian peninsula and known as Tempranillo in Spain. The white grape varieties were planted later,  Anton Vaz and Arinto which are typically Portuguese varietals and grow extremely well in Southern Portugal. Moinho was established using modern viticultural principles including canopy management, a vertical shoot positioning training system and drip irrigation. The vines quickly established themselves and the result is a thriving and healthy vineyard.

Quinta do Miradouro
Established in early 2001 along much the same lines as Quinta do Moinho. The vineyard consists of Viognier; Syrah; Aragonês;  Alicante Bouschet, a Teinturier (red fleshed) grape from the south of France which can produce very fine wines in the right conditions, most notably at Mouchão in the Alentejo. Miradouro is also the first vineyard in the region to experiment with Dr. Richard Smart’s innovative seven wire Smart-Dyson trellis system which vertically divides the vine canopy making for a vastly increased total leaf surface area and improves the light conditions in the fruiting zone.

Vale do Sobreiro
Established in February 2004 along the same lines as the above two vineyards, Sobreiro is our latest vineyard. It consists primarily of the Syrah grape. For the first time the variety was clonally selected to produce the highest quality fruit from its environment. Also planted is a white variety, Verdelho, an indigenous Portuguese variety that is being vinified with great success in Australia.

Most of our vineyard operations are done by hand. We manage the vineyards in a sustainable manner using only the mildest agricultural products in a programme designed to prevent the onset of any vineyard diseases rather than a more aggressive curative approach. At harvest we pick and process all our fruit gently by hand. This is fully consistent with our policy to produce only the highest quality wines. We look forward to your inquiry…

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