Fall in the Douro valley is a glorious time!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 7, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

Fall is one of our favorite time of year because of its beauty and calmness. Here are some pics from the Autumn season in Quinta do Panascal taken this week.

Come and visit us. You can also take great fall photos !


Fonseca 2009 Vintage Port

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

Fonseca 2009 Vintage will arrive at quinta do Panascal next monday October 17!

Special price – declaration offer 69.95€  (75cl with wooden box) – valid untill December 15th 2011

Tasting by-the-glass also availabe (€6)

Press comments:

Steven Spurrier, Decanter August 2011 – “…spicy, dense fruit with an iron spine behind the richness, energy and sweetness in Fonseca’s robust style, 2019 -2039.” 19 points

 Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com, May 2011 – “Smooth, ripe, aromatic nose is lush and rich, with ripe – almost creamy – blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Very sweet on the palate yet lively, vibrant and fresh, showing broad texture and some appealing tannic grip. Fine grained yet firm tannins combine well with very sweet fruit.” 94–96/100

Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, May 2011 – “Blackish purple. Heady, opulent nose – really very winning indeed already! But on the palate there seems to be just a slight hole in the middle, a lack of sheer fruit weight. Long and vibrato on the finish though until an extremely dry note on the very end. This reminds me of a fortified version of a 2003 right bank bordeaux.” Score 17.5+. Drink 2030-50

Luís Antunes, Revista de Vinhos, Julho 2011 – “Aromas de lagar, passas, chocolate, fruta preta e cristalizada, caramelo de frutas, complexo, tenso e profundo.Muito encorpado, vigoroso e tex- turado, taninos sólidos, acidez viva, cheio de equilíbrio e personalidade.” Pontos 18,5

Rui Falcão, Revista Wine, Julho 2011 – “Cor preta absolutamente impenetrável. Nariz efusivo e alegre, muito mais frutado, hedonista e exuberante que o habitual na Fonseca, arremessando notas de amora e ameixa preta, deixando as especiarias e o chocolate para o fundo do copo, num registo mais retraído. Denso e sedoso, voluptuoso nos taninos suaves, não se cansa de expressar a fruta de forma entusiástica, com uma desenvoltura e descaramento que animam a alma.” Pontos 18,5

The harvest is over

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 30, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

We just finished the harvest here at the beautiful quinta do Panascal.

We would like to share some photos of one of our last “lagares” since we still use this traditional method for fermentation.

Although the harvest has ended the wine estate remains open to visitors so…. we are waiting for your visit!

And the 2011 harvest will start….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

… next Tuesday, 13rd September!

Here follows some pics from last year:

Old terraces - Picking the grapes


Fonseca’s special vindima baskets


The traditional lagares


The traditional “ramo” marks the end of the harvest

While we wait for the harvest to start….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 7, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

 Harvest is just around the corner. While we wait for a date we pamper ourselfs …. We all lead such busy lives these days and sometimes you need to take some time out, relax an enjoy the good things in life.

Boat trip on the Douro and Távora rivers

Enjoying a delicious roast


And for desert a yummy leite creme (Crème caramel) paired with a Fonseca 10 Year Old

How can you resist? Programs including a boat trip and a meal at Fonseca Quinta Panascal are a must do!

If you are coming with a party larger than 10 people please contact us and reserve in advance.

As for the 2011 harvest:  Stay tuned!

Fui ao Panascal à vindima 2011

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

A vindima é o período mais activo (e interessante) do ciclo anual da vinha; é quando os vindimadores das aldeias próximas vêem trabalhar para as quintas durante cerca de duas a três semanas. A maior parte dos vindimadores tenderá a voltar à mesma vinha e com grande orgulho ouvirão falar sobre os vinhos que ajudaram a produzir nos anos anteriores.

No próximo mês de Setembro, a quinta do Panascal dará início a mais uma vindima.

Não deixe de nos visitar nessa altura pois terá a oportunidade de observar o trabalho nos lagares tradicionais de granito (método utilizado desde 2000 AC) e degustar excelentes vinhos do Porto da Fonseca.

 Para grupos a partir de 10 pessoas sugerimos o programa “Fui ao Panascal à vindima” que inclui uma refeição típica confeccionada pela D. Leninha, uma duriense de mão de cheia!


Mais informações: tel. 22 374 2800 * quinta.panascal@fonseca.pt * ana.sofia@fonseca.pt

Organic extra virgin olive oil – soon available at Panascal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by FladgatePartnershipvisitorscentres

Smooth, delicate and aromatic, with a subtle fruitiness, this premium single estate olive oil is produced in very limited quantities from the first cold pressing of olives organically grown on the Santo António estate. Owned by the distinguished Port house Fonseca, Santo António is an organic vineyard located in the Pinhão valley (not very far from Panascal). Its olive trees are of the Galega (Negrucha), Madural, Cordovil and Cobrançosa varieties.

Grand Diploma – in the “medium fruit” category awarded by the International extra Virgin Olive Oil Agency 5th edition of the ALMA TROPHY

Quinta de Santo António organic extra virgin olive oil – soon available at Panascal visitors’ centre!

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