The fifth of the punch (thank you google translate), or Quinta dos Soque as they like to call themselves is another one of our new Portugese wines from Duoro Family Estates.  Situated on the left bank of the Torto River, a tributary of the mighty Douro/Duero, Quinta do Soque is an estate covering around 20 hectares, 17 of which are vineyards. With a privileged location in the Douro DO, it has been in the possession of the Vicente family for over 20 years. Just like the great estates of the Douro, its origin dates back to distant times (the name Soque comes from the transitive verb sovar, which means to press, flatten, squeeze, trample, tread or punch down in the wine sense).

Modernisation of vineyards and vinification facilities recently has had the effect of guaranteeing the production of high quality wines. Putting to use all these modern techniques with family’s passion has led to wonderful wines, recognised both nationally and internationally. The family decided to replant many of its of its vines in the early 90s they began to focus more on indigenious Portuguese varities, the first area they replanted, was coinincidentally, on the slope known locally as ‘Soque’.  In addition to the Touriga Nacional variety, some of the noblest Portuguese varieties were used: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca. The year of 2005 saw the construction of a winery with state-of-the-art equipment so that nothing would be lacking for the production of wines of great quality.

Each year, Quinta do Soque strive to produce wines with the typical characteristics of the Douro, in a process of great dedication and passion. We currently stock their Quinta Do Soque Tinto and their top wine Vinhas Velhas; which as the name suggests s made from older vines around 80 years of age found in a small plot of around 1.5 hectares that was left untouched during modernisation and consists of about 20 diffenent grape varities. This wine was recomended by Janacis Robinson as one of her six portuegese wines worth trying in the Finacial times in February 2011.