Douro

Douro

QUINTA DE CASTELO MELHOR
Terraced Vineyards
About the Region

FROM THE GOLDEN DOURO VALLEY

Two winemakers who strongly influenced the history of wine in Portugal in the last decades, in two regions that the world recognizes as being of high quality and personality, the Douro and Alentejo, are gathered in a project envisaged and brought to life in the age-old vineyards of the Douro Valley.

 

“DUORUM” (a Latin expression that means “from two”) started in January 2007, expressing the wishes of João Portugal Ramos and José Maria Soares Franco to join their activities as professional winemakers in a project with unique characteristics and international dimension.

 

The vineyards are located in the regions of Cima Corgo and Upper Douro, two exceptional and protected terroirs, on slopes at different altitudes (150-500m), with carefully selected varieties of indigenous grapes. Cima Corgo is located at the geographic center of the Douro, having low rainfall around 600mm, high temperatures and thermal fluctuations during the vine cycle. On the other hand, the Upper Douro is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, which explains the higher temperatures in Spring and Summer, and the yearly rainfall of around 400mm.

 

The vineyards as well as the winery are located in the Douro Demarcated Wine Region, one of the most ancient in the world. Its landscape and cultural value have been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage. Additionally, Duorum’ vineyards are in two locations that are part of the European Network for Nature Conservation (Natura 2000), Special Protection Areas for Birds in the International Douro and Vale do Águeda, as well as in Site of Community Importance (SCI) in International Douro.

 

Duorum exemplary environmental and agricultural policy has been recognized by the Portuguese Nature Conservation Institute, and consequently Duorum was accepted as member of the European Initiative on Business & Biodiversity, a network of European companies that integrate nature conservation and biodiversity concerns in its business. This commitment became an important tool for reaching the rigorous environmental standards set by Duorum.

 

From the Golden Douro Valley
Quinta de Castelo Melhor Vineyards
Slopes at Duorum
Duorum landscape
A Winemaker's Project
Winemakers José Maria Soares Franco and João Portugal Ramos
Winemaker José Maria Soares Franco
Quinta de Castelo Melhor
Quinta de Castelo Melhor
Quinta de Castelo Melhor
Quinta de Castelo Melhor
Roasted lamb in traditional wood oven
Harvest
Harvest
Harvest
Harvest
Manual selection of our best grapes
Biodiversity at Duorum
Almond trees blossoming
Habitat for fauna
Protected area for the Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)
From the Golden Douro Valley

Company Awards

AWARD NATURA 2000 - FINALIST 2020

Duorum is a finalist of the European Natura Award 2000. 

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COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2011

In 2011, Duorum is considered "Company of the Year" by the Portuguese wine magazine Revista de Vinhos.

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VITICULTURE COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2012

In 2012, Duorum receives the award "Viticulture Company of the Year" by the Portuguese wine magazine Revista de Vinhos.

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FIRST DOURO COMPANY TO JOIN THE BUSINESS & BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE

In 2012, Duorum is the first company from Douro to join the European Initiative on Business & Bioversity, an international network of companies that integrate nature conservation and biodiversity concerns in its business. A membership supervised and approved by the Portuguese Institute of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity ICNB.

DOURO ENTREPRENEUR AWARD 2013

In 2013, the EmpreenDouro Network, which distinguishes innovative projects in the Douro Region, awards Duorum the "Douro Entrepreneur" Award.

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ANDERS WALL AWARD 2015

Anders Wall Foundation from Stockholm in association with the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Brussels, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the "Friends of the Countryside", awarded Duorum for its contribution to the rural environment within the European Union.

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