Situated in the Cima-Corgo sub region of the Douro valley (a region that enjoys a longer growing season than many other areas of the Douro), this historic Quinta dates back to the 17th century. In 1991 Dieter Borhmann, a Belgian industrialist, bought the estate with 18 hectares of vines and 5 hectares of olive trees. Since acquiring the property he has encouraged the use of traditional methods alongside modern techniques, investment and innovation.
Jorge Serôdio Borges has worked with him, as winemaker and estate manager, since 1999. Dieter underlined his faith in Jorge by making him a partner in the business and with a substantial investment in a nearby Quinta (as of November 2008), to make available a further 20 hectares of vineyards for the production of Passadouro. Jorge plans to use some parcels to improve the red wine blends, but the port production will remain entirely from Passadouro’s own vineyards to preserve its single Quinta status.
The main winery building was completely refurbished, with new stainless steel tanks and new equipment installed alongside the lagars. A new bottle and barrel store was also built and a bottling line installed, with plans for more improvements in the near future.
Along with the Passadouro reds (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca plus a field blend of traditional, old vine Douro varieties) and the Single Quinta Port Wines, Jorge is now making a white wine, made from grapes bought in from the Murça region (Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega do Larinho - the must is fermented between tank and French oak barrels (between 75-90% in tank and 10-25% in barrel depending on vintage)), further east up the Douro from Pinhão. The schist soils and altitude of 500-600 metres, are, in Jorge’s opinion the best combination of terroir and microclimate in the Douro for the production of white wines.