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Quinta do Ataíde

Quinta do Ataíde was acquired by Cockburn's in 1980 from the Tenreiro family and was intended for the production of Port. When Cockburn's was bought by the Symingtons in 2006, Charles Symington undertook a detailed assessment of the vineyard and recognized the excellent potential for also making DOC Douro wines. An experimental variety library was planted by Charles at Quinta do Ataíde in 2014 with 53 different Vitis vinifera varieties, of which 29 are red and 24 are white. These are indigenous varieties painstakingly collected from across the Douro as well as from other Portuguese wine regions, with a handful from other countries. This is the first ampelographic field on this scale in the north of Portugal, and its objective is to safeguard the genetic diversity of the Douro's grape varieties, as well as the study of their potential. Symington's viticulture team have identified several almost forgotten varieties that might be suitable for future planting in the Douro's varied terroirs.

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