One of the classic Douro riverside quintas, Senhora da Ribeira was acquired by George Warre for Dow’s in 1890. Since then, Senhora da Ribeira has been a fundamental component of Dow’s Vintage Ports. A small chapel dedicated to the ‘Lady of the River’ (literally Senhora da Ribeira) has stood on the site for centuries and gave the quinta its name.
Senhora da Ribeira is set in the remote, hot, dry Douro Superior and commands a magnificent position on the north bank, overlooking a broad sweep of the Douro River, directly opposite Quinta do Vesúvio. Andrew James Symington and his family loved to walk in the ruggedly beautiful hill country around Senhora da Ribeira, having travelled upriver from Bomfim by train and boat, a tradition kept alive by his descendants .
The Senhora da Ribeira wines are made at the property’s specialist winery where the grapes are trodden and fermented in modern lagares.
- Total Area 43.5 hectares
- Vineyard Area 25.2 hectares
- Principal Grape Varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Sousão, Alicante Bouschet, old mixed vines
- Vineyard Aspect Predominantly south-east and east.
- Altitude Range 105 — 420 metres
- Average Annual Rainfall 471 mm
- Average Annual Temperature 16.8ºC
- Winery Three modern lagares complemented by paddle plungers
- Supplies Dow's Port