Vale de Cavalos Tinto, Manoel Poças


  • Grape : Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
  • Country : Portugal, Douro
  • Type : Red
  • ABV : 13.5%

10 in stock

Tasting notes: Vale de Cavalos Tinto, Manoel Poças

Deep red in appearance. Full of dark cherry fruit aromas with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied with great polish and elegant tannins.

Food match: Vale de Cavalos Tinto, Manoel Poças

Try this wine with good cuts of roast red meats, casseroles, spiced Mexican dishes, game and decent hard cheese.

Producer & Region:

In 1918, a few months before the Armistice, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior, who had been born in the heart of the Port Wine hustle and bustle, decided to establish his own company. Manoel Poças was 30 years old and he had some experience in this business. With his uncle, he created a company to sell grape spirits to large Port Wine shippers. Soon afterwards he opened a head office in Vila Nova de Gaia, where they remain to this day. Today, with three quintas in the best winemaking areas of the Douro Demarcated Region, Poças ensures its total control over the quality of its wines and the family is more involved than ever before.

Jorge Manuel Pintão has headed Poças’ Winemaking and Quality team since 1987. Trained in chemistry and with a Master’s in Oenology from the Institut d’Oenologie de Bordeaux, he served an apprenticeship at the renowned Château Giscours in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The fruits of his art have been frequently rewarded at international wine competitions such as the “Fortified Winemaker of the Year” prize from the 2001 International Wine Challenge. Wine and chocolate, wine and preserves…  he will accept all challenges.

Located in Numão, a prime winemaking region, all the vineyards are planted with the finest varieties of vines. The quinta was purchased in 1988 and boasts approximately 51 hectares of land under vines, divided in three lots: Ribeira Teja, Catapereiro, Tanque and Zoc.

The rolling land requires no supporting walls, which makes working the vineyards that much easier. Ribeira Teja’s proximity to a reservoir created by a recently-built dam, together with a sophisticated drip irrigation system, are essential to overcoming the effects of the frequent droughts the region that suffers from the lowest annual rainfall in Portugal.

A single vineyard, complex and age-worthy red wine from the Poças Port family. This wine, with its evocative label, is a great example of why the Upper Douro region is as well-regarded for red wine as it is for Port.