Quinta do Vallado Adelaide Tributa 1866 Port Wine: It is extremely rare to find a Port Wine which has been bottled after such a long period of ageing in wooden barrels. And yet it is even less common to find a rare wine that had the exceptional opportunity to rest and mature for more than a century in old wooden barrels enjoying the silence of a cool Douro cellar.
Only exceptional rare wines can thrive with the advance of age or even survive such a trial of time. And rare are the families that can preserve a wine so exceptional for four, five or six generations, nurturing and cherishing it over time, to receive its income only many decades later. Especially because old Port Wines will evaporate slowly over time, with the hardships of heat and moisture, accumulating dramatic losses for the one who keeps such a wine for more than a century. The extended maturation in wood in a continuously oxidizing environment favours the concentration of colour, a progressive darkening of the wine and the development of tertiary aromas, making the wines more unctuous and fat, whilst intensifying the aromatic exuberance and sweetness, requiring the acidity to be sufficiently electric and vehement to refresh and enliven the finish. Vallado Tributa is a wine where patience, more than a virtue, proved to be an absolute necessity, and where the words “freshness” and “acidity” are present right from the first moment.
The rare wine “Vallado Adelaide Tributa Port Wine 1866” is a very exclusive port 140 year old port from Vallado. The port comes in an original crystal bottle, packaged in a luxury wooden box.
This centenary rare Port wine was bottled in tribute to the bicentenary of the birth of our ancestor Antonia Adelaide.
For the great importance she had in the development of the traditional activity of the Ferreira family – production of Port wines; for the ethics she imposed on the corporate culture of the family; for being a role-model, and serving as an example to future generations, to the present day; for the love of the land and the wine, which still runs in our family; for the concern and aid to the region and all who surrounded her.
For all of this we decided to call this rare wine Adelaide “Tributa” (Latin for Tribute).
It is an extremely rare wine, produced in 1866, during the life of Dona Antonia, from pre-phylloxera vines whose grapes were trodden by foot .
This rare wine was discovered in a small Quinta located in Covelinhas, in a very cool warehouse, with ideal conditions for aging wines, kept in two casks of 550 liters; immediately upon 1st taste, we found that this was a unique Port wine, very dense, almost chewy, and simultaneously with complexity, harmony and freshness hardly comparable.
It is a wine very dark wine, amber in color, and with a Baume of 15°… resembling a pure essence.
According to the producer, these two barrels were the remains of an initial batch of the 5 barrels produced that year. Due to the sheer quality of the wine, and facing the inevitable evaporation over time, the family of the producer always took extreme care and attention, over several generations, never ‘ blending ‘ or diluting it with brandy (customary practices), and alternatively chose a process of concentration of what remained; this process eventually reduced the wine into 1,100 lts, stored in 2 casks of 550 lts, the contents of the initial 5 barrels.
This process, in a natural manner, and throughout time, concentrated, highlighted and made even more impressive the initial characteristics and qualities of the wine.
This is a wine for collectors seeking unique experiences.
Very dark mahogany color. We are startled by an immediate freshness and tingle of the nose, the youthful and contagious enthusiasm of aromas, transmitting clear suggestions of coffee, vinaigrette, sea salt and iodine. The mouth confirms and reaffirms the tremendous freshness promised by the nose, revealing a touching youth. This exquisite youth is confirmed by the attack and overflow of energy that illuminate its musculature, ending with a pungent acidity that sweeps us to a crushing end. A youth so immense, and almost incompatible with its more than one hundred years of age.
We are in the presence of a unique wine, very rare; after the 1st tasting it was decided that this wine should not have any correction or “refreshment”, and so it was bottled exactly under the same condition as it was in the casks.
Grape Varieties: pre-philoxeric vines where used for the production of this wine, which normally consist in a blend of: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Barroca, Touriga Nacional amongst many others.
Bottling: This rare wine is presented in 1.300 bottles of 0,75 l, all of which are numbered.
The packaging for the “Tributa” bottle (wooden box) was designed by architect Francisco Vieira de Campos, who was responsible for the architecture of both the new winery of Quinta do Vallado, completed in 2009, and the “Wine Hotel”, completed in 2012.
The design and structure of the box is based on the Quinta’s ageing cellar, whose interior resembles a tunnel, and the exterior a curbstone. The cellar’s exterior is coated in bars of slate, the predominant rock in the soils of the Douro Valley.
It was with great enthusiasm that architect Francisco Vieira de Campos, responsible for the architecture of the two major investments made in the modern times at Quinta do Vallado, accepted the challenge to create the box for this wine, itself also one of the most important and exciting oenological projects of recent times.