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Senhora Do Convento – An Old Monastery and Winery – Portugal

Senhora Do Convento
Senhora Do Convento

The good Cistercian monks at the Senhora do Conveto have been producing fine port wines for the past nine centuries for sustenance and to maintain the monastery financially. The impressive 12th century monastery still stands on a 150-hectare property overlooking 27 hectares of vineyards.

Today the monks are long gone but their legacy of crafting fine port and table wines continues.

The Senhora do Convento is located in the beautiful, and serene Douro Valley approximately two-and-a-half hours east from the city of Oporto. The property, now owned by a Canadian mining company, and managed by Donald Ziraldo, also grows tree fruits, (cherries, quince, apples, pears), and maintains a fine olive tree grove.

Donald Ziraldo, who along with Karl Kaiser founded Inniskillin winery located in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, for more the three decades. Ziraldo is a natural marketer of fine wines and has connections all over the world, and now with his wife Victoria, will increase Senhora do Convento wines to their deserved fame everywhere.

The olive oil of the Senhora do Convento that wine writers present tasted during the presentation was delicious, fruity, light, and deeply flavoured. It will be available soon in Toronto soon, and if you see it in an upscale grocery store, buy it confidently and use it for dressings only. It is to good to use it for frying.

During the presentation we tasted:

Ruby Port
This is an easy drinking ruby, light port, boasting apricot, fig and berry aromas.
88/100

Tawny Port
Masculine, spicy aromas underlined with vet leather and Brazil nut. Medium bodied, sweet but well balanced. The finish is long.
90/100

Both are available at L C B O as a general list product.

10-Year-Old Tawny
A complex and aromatic tawny. Smells of grape fruit and Meyer lemons. Light and superbly balanced with a mellow mouth feel.
92/100

2009 Vintage Port

Aromas of red fruits stand out. In the mouth the wine is harmonious, well balanced and very enjoyable.
89+/100
$ 28.95

2011 Vintage Port
This is an outstanding port with an herbaceous now and velvety mouth feel.
Complex, deeply flavoured, robust, and overall, an outstanding port.
92/100
$ 89.95

Senhora Do Convento, 2012
A blend of touriga nacional, touriga franca, and tinta roriz, the wine is aromatic, well extracted, and fruity.
88/100
$ 18.95

Aguias, 2012
Deep ruby colour. Boasts black fruit aromas. Well structured, balanced, and intense. A superb food wine to pair with beef stews, roasts, hard cheeses.
91/100
$ 39.95

Senhora Do Convento, 2009
Very appealing deep red. Aromas of dark berries dominate the nose. Well extracted, mid weight, `juicy`, and eminently enjoyable.
90/100
$ 24.95

Donald Ziraldo produces from a one hectare property in Niagara-On-The-Lake a limited amount of ice wine

2014 Riesling Icewine
Deep gold with brown hues. Very intense with dried peachéapricot aromas. Outstanding balance and harmony.
A wine to enjoy on its own or with seared fattened goose liver, or ripe fruits, or simply as dessert after a gourmet meal.
94/1100
375 ml. $ 89.00

Will be available at Vintages later this year.
For more information and to place orders contact Eurovintage Wines and Spirits
416 494 2881

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  1. I wish to have visited senhora convento monastery and tasted wine when I visited Portugal. Unfortunately, I was pressed for time (and it was even my vacation time), and so I was limited to seeing sites within Lisbon.

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