This is one of several varieties of Esteva, some of which are known as Rock Rose, others as Gum Cistus. Its scent is a wonderful blend of floral and herbal aromas, which come through clearly in Graham’s ports.

2 thoughts on “Esteva”

  1. I was in the Douro Valley last weekend (30 th April and 1 of May) and travelled by train from Tua to Pocinho and back, as well as by car from Régua to Quinta de Nápoles and to Tua.
    I could not help but notice that there is a sense of destruction of the native flora cover in vast areas, replaced by impeccable looking vineyards but depleted of the wild flora you mention in these slides. And that makes me think that as a whole the Douro valley will loose its characteristic scents and tastes, being very easy to copy/clone, thus loosing its uniqueness and economic value.
    Seeing your site, it seems to me that my concern as a layman is actually real, and confirms that you are aware of this effect and are working on avoiding it.
    If so, thank you.
    Paulo Saraiva
    Port and Douro wine lover

    1. Paulo, thank you for your comment. Yes, protection of the Douro environment is very much a concern of ours – see the article before this one, about Paul Symington’s presentation at the World Conference on Climate Change and Wine, for a little more information, but this is something we would like to discuss a little more fully than in a comment space, so watch the blog for an article soon addressing this. Thank you very much! Cynthia

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