Located at the heart of the Cima Corgo on the Douro’s right bank with spectacular view over the river, Quinta da Boavista is one of the most iconic properties of the demarcated region. The estate was part of the first Douro demarcation ordered by the Marquis of Pombal in 1756 and it is famed not only for its 40 hectares of top-quality vines, but also for it historic ties to Joseph James Forrester, one of the region’s most important figures who was made a Baron by Portugal’s Queen Maria II for creating the first maps of the Douro wine region.
The vineyards arch out around a natural amphitheatre along a stunning network of geometric schist terraces built by hand in the 19th Century. Some of these terraces, piled steeply on top of one another like ancient Incan gardens, tower over eight metres high and are one of the region’s ex-libris. Add the Douro’s extreme climatic conditions and it is almost a given that Boavista’s terroir is unique. About nine hectares of the vineyard are planted with old vines – some almost 100 years old – and the whole estate’s Port-producing vines are all classified as top-grade A category. In addition to the main five Douro grapes, other less usual varieties are planted at Boavista, such as Donzelinho and Sousão.