Winery Tour and Tasting – Albufeira
Winery Tour and Tasting at the winery of Cliff Richard
The Adega do Cantor in Guia just outside Albufeira, in central Algarve. It was built to produce wine, principally the Vida and Onda Nova wines, from three surrounding Quintas, Quinta do Moinho, Quinta do Miradouro and Vale do Sobreiro. Our aim is to produce the highest quality wine that the region can offer using a combination of traditional and innovative modern wine making techniques.
Enjoy amazing views of the vineyards and coast line from the top of Quinta do Miradouro.
Firstly, the design had to allow for gentle handling of the fruit, which gives the winemaker more options in winemaking style. This is consistent with the gentle nature in which we pick and process our fruit. The winery features a combination of static tank-style fermenters and open fermenters. All our fermenters and storage vats are made from food grade stainless steel and each of them has their temperature controlled by computer system. We were the first winery outside of Australia to install Castle Rock Logistic’s patented mechanical plunger which is considered to be excellent for gentle extraction of fruit flavours without over-extraction of some of the more bitter elements of the grape. Where possible we use gravity to move the grapes around the winery and this again allows us to treat the grapes with the utmost care.
Secondly, we wanted to combine new technology and traditional winemaking techniques, hence the use of open fermenter and cap plunging which effectively copies the traditional winemaking techniques that can still be seen in the Douro and Dão further north. We also use a modern version of the traditional basket press, and although much slower than more modern designs, it is still considered to be one of the gentlest ways to press grapes.
The third element that was important to us, was an ability to show people what we were doing. So every part of the winery can easily be accessed when we guide people through the process of winemaking.
Our cellars have a capacity of 150 barrels and will be used mainly for barrel and bottle maturing our Reserve wines. The barrel cellars are also temperature controlled.
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