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A CROSSROADS WHERE THE PAST
MEETS THE FUTURE
COVELA, TECEDEIRAS AND TORMES
FROM VINHO VERDE, WHITES AND ROSÉS,
TO REDS AND PORTS
THE DOURO RIVER
SYMBOL OF OUR IDENTITY
THE AVESSO GRAPE
THE PERFECT EXPRESSION OF OUR TERROIR
LEARNING FROM THE PAST,
WITHOUT EVER LOSING SIGHT OF THE FUTURE
THIS IS THE CORNERSTONE FOR CREATING
SOME OF THE BEST WINES IN PORTUGAL
In 2011, the Brazilian entrepreneur Marcelo Lima and Tony Smith, a former foreign correspondent and magazine editor, got together to take over Quinta de Covela, a unique vineyard once owned by Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira. For both, the acquisition was the realization of a dream. Their invitation to Rui Cunha, chief winemaker, and the former viticulture and cellar teams to return to Covela proved difficult to resist and so this unique project resumed its fascinating journey.
Lima & Smith produces wines at Quinta de Covela in the Vinho Verde demarcated region, at the heart of the natural habitat of the Avesso grape. The estate is fully certified as organic and is renowned for its white and rosé wines. In the prestigious D.O.C. Douro, the partners produce non-fortified and Port wines under the historic Tecedeiras brand while, in their most recent partnership with the Eça de Queiroz Foundation, they have relaunched Tormes, a traditional Vinho Verde which is a tribute to the great 19th Century Portuguese author
On the banks of the Douro river but in Vinho Verde territory, thus known as the Douro Verde, that we produce our white and rosé wines, following the tenets of sustainability and respect for the ecosystem. Our certified organic wines are elegant and fascinating, just like their natural habitat. We regard Avesso, an autochthonous Portuguese grape from this region, as the highest expression of our terroir.
At the crossroads between modernity and tradition, Tecedeiras is an iconic Douro brand, one of the first in the region to go beyond Port production and produce stunning red table wines. Tradition abounds on these steep terraces winding along the rugged valley where we hand-harvest a huge variety of native grapes that are the heart and soul of our Douro wines and unfiltered Ports – a Tawny Reserve, an LBV and, in exceptional years, Vintage. Our non-fortified wines – fresh whites and smooth reds – are characterized by complexity, elegance and power: all hallmarks of the Tecedeiras brand.
Inspired by the memory and legacy of the great author Eça de Queiroz in his book “The City and the Mountains”, we have created in partnership with the Eça de Queiroz Foundation a tribute in wine to this illustrious diplomat and man of Portuguese letters, resurrecting one of the region’s oldest and most distinctive brands – Tormes. This is our modern and elegant interpretation of a classical Vinho Verde.