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Environmental commitment

Viticulture offers a balanced natural heritage

At the Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo we are profoundly aware of the need to improve our integrated viticulture practices, in order to maintain the profile of our wines, which is essential for the validation of a project that will continue to serve future generations.

Despite added difficulties, due to the rigorous climate and topography of the terrain, we continue to perform numerous tasks via traditional techniques.

It is this culture that we want to preserve and that is our greatest inspiration for creating great wines in the Douro every day through small gestures that make all the difference:

We respect the genetic heritage of autochthonous species, which are more resistant and perfectly adapted to the edapho-climatic conditions of the region and the estate.
We plant 3,500 plants per hectare, which have always given rise to new cuttings, while preserving the original cépage (variety or clone of a cultivated vine), divided into 41 plots, in function of the micro-terroir.
We do not defoliate the vines, thereby ensuring a higher quality of the grapes and reducing sunburn scalding effects.
We compost plant material and preserve niches of Mediterranean scrubland.
Preventively, we install boxes with which we crush 100% of the timber from pruning the vines, providing a beneficial refuge for all insect pheromones, so that we can decide on the best solution, returning the ancillary organic material close to the vineyard, avoiding the use of a strategy in combatting pests and pesticides.
We strictly observe good practices in integrated viticulture, using organic fertilizers of a natural origin and traditional techniques based on control of the yield, manual harvests and numerous tasks conducted by hand in harmony with the rhythm of nature.
We sometimes use ancestral cultivation techniques, such as rolling the vine instead of removing the tips; control of temperatures / rainfall / wind speed, in the correct weather station, in order to carry out phytosanitary treatment only when this is strictly necessary.
We monitor the use of water by installing meters in the pumping systems, in order to minimise costs and only use irrigation in situations of confirmed and potentially damaging water stress for the harvest and measuring its use and consumption, year after year.
We traditionally care for our 7-hectare centuries-old vineyard and we also till the soil using a horse and plough and the manual application of fertiliser with a hoe.
We maintain the schist walls on the vine terraces to reduce soil erosion and maintain planting density in the centuries-old vineyard.
Between the walls and vineyards, we maintain several historic zones such as the fruit orchards which are over three centuries old, the old watermill, the chapel and the Pombaline milestone, which dates from 1758, which records the antiquity of subsistence farming in our terroir.
We conserve one third of the land in its virgin state, where it is possible to discover small niches of Mediterranean scrub, as well as orange, fig, lemon, almond, olive trees, many tisanes and local herbs, which serve as a habitat to a variety of surprising fauna.
With Maria Fernanda Amorim we created a museum that exhibits one of the largest private collections on the history of grapes - from the cellar to the wine, including storage, bottling and labelling, and including a remarkable laboratory.
Our employees socialise with tourists who every day can enjoy an invigorating walk through the vineyard along three signposted routes covering a total of 8 km, maintaining the entire property clean and beautiful.
We encourage proactivity in relation to increased environmental pressures, such as putting organic waste bins in various parts of the Estate, enhancing optimised waste separation for recycling purposes.
In the day-to-day life of our company, we respect employees and offer a great deal of training, fostering a culture of equality and inclusion, in which women and men have the same professional opportunities.
We include suppliers and farmers in the company's culture, and establish true partnerships, aimed at sustaining the business and preserving the traditions of the Douro.
We provide transparency rules throughout the value chain, and don’t collaborate with illegal and fraudulent situations in the management of human resources and in business partnerships.

Social commitment

The Bagos d’Ouro Association began in 2010, based on the shared dream of Luísa Amorim and Father Amadeu Castro to achieve a more balanced, equitable and inclusive Douro. The main focus was to create equal opportunities for children and strengthen new generations to take an active role in reversing the cycle of poverty and social exclusion through education - the “most powerful weapon to change the world”.

Today, together with several wine producers from the Douro region, the Bagos d´Ouro Association is a large social solidarity institution that operates in 6 municipalities in the Douro - Alijó, Armamar, Murça, Sabrosa, São João da Pesqueira and Tabuaço. Its mission is to promote education and the social inclusion of underprivileged children and young people in the Douro.

The Bagos d'Ouro Association has established long-term commitments and local outreach strategies, and has had a positive impact on the territory and on the lives of more than 150 children and young people and their families, following their educational, social and family path to ensure integration into active life.

Bagos d’Ouro Association

Sectoral Commitment

The Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo believes that the cultural legacy is the basis for the future in a great region such as the Douro. We are therefore proud to be involved in several regional movements and are partners with large organizations.

Douro Museum

The Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a founding member of the Douro Museum Foundation, which is responsible for management of the Douro Museum. Luísa Amorim has served as a member of the Foundation’s board for two terms. The Douro Museum aims to gather, preserve, identify and disseminate the vast museological and documentary heritage scattered throughout the Douro Demarcated Wine Region.

From a perspective of "community museology", the Douro Museum assumes a preponderant role in cultural and social development, in full partnership with local, regional and international institutions. The Douro Museum is located in the emblematic building of the former Douro Wine Company (also known as the “General Company of Agriculture of the Wines of the Alto Douro”) in Régua, and can be visited all year round.

ACIBEV

ACIBEV - Portuguese Wine and Spirits Association - is the Portuguese business association that represents a significant part of the turnover of the wine and spirits sector in the fields of production, distribution and trade. Its members include the majority of the leading companies in the country’s demarcated wine regions, which create brands and add value to Portuguese wines.

The association's objective is to create an environment that is conducive to the valuation and growth of the association’s member companies, and therefore always advocates the adoption of policies that contribute to the development and sustainability of responsible business practises.

Porto and North Tourism Association

Since 2009, Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is honoured to be a member of this association, whose objective is to develop and promote Porto and the North of Portugal as a tourism destination in Portugal and abroad, serving as a catalyst for fostering the prestige and notoriety of the zone in the various international markets.

The Porto and North Tourism Association is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1995, by a group of institutions with an interest in this sector. Due to its representativeness, rigour and know-how, it was named the Regional Tourist Promotion Agency by Turismo de Portugal, as the only entity in Porto and the North of Portugal eligible for promoting this Destination.

Sabrosa Douro XXI Association

The “Sabrosa Douro XXI” Association is an inter-institutional collaboration project founded in 2006 with Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo and several private companies, and the Municipality of Sabrosa, which exercised functions in the General Meetings Board at the time. The association aims to boost tourism in the municipality of Sabrosa in different areas of culture and heritage, developing an integrated offer, in close articulation with public and private institutions and the local community.

D'Uva

D’Uva is a group of women and wine producers who joined forces in early 2016 to share the wine culture that they are passionate about and identify with. There are eight active professionals with various functions, leaders who are part of the new generation of producers and wine specialists who are increasing the profile of Portuguese wines in the world.

They are heirs of major wineries, with a strong tradition in the country, and carry the memory and culture of an ancestral Portuguese activity to modern wine production processes. With vineyards from the north to south of Portugal, from the Douro to Alentejo and the Lisbon region, the members of D’Uva are a symbol of the quality and diversity of Portuguese wines.

The New Douro

"The New Douro" was born in 2004, thanks to Paul Symington, Dirk Niepoort and Cristiano Van Zeller, at the time when a new generation of young wine producers took the reins of companies previously managed by the older generation. Remembering the history of the "Old Douro" continues to be essential, since Port Wine has been produced for over 300 years.

The production of still wines started to gain strength in the early 1990's. The “New Douro” already brings together 25 wine producers who jointly organise events in the world.

The Yeatman and Wine Producers

From the very outset, The Yeatman Hotel has established partnerships with Portugal’s finest wine producers, who actively participate in its tasting programs, thematic events and wine dinners.

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo collaborates with The Yeatman, and has customised a room that provides guests with a knowledge of the history of the estate and the Douro Demarcated Wine Region.

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