The Quinta was already in Cockburn’s possession in 1893, but precisely when it was bought is not known. Although Vale Coelho (‘The Valley of the rabbit’) is now the name by which the quinta is generally known, it appears to be of comparatively recent origin. The original name (pre-1930s) was undoubtedly Quinta do Lobazim de Cima. The Quinta house stands just above the river and beside a little stream which comes down the valley.
The property is situated in the Douro Superior, the most easterly and hottest and driest sub region of the Douro valley, on the north bank. The predominant aspect of the vineyard is south. The Douro Superior has a climate of extremes, with hot dry summers and very cold and dry winters. The 10 year annual average rainfall for the area is 17.64 inches. The soil’s main component is schist, a laminated slate-like rock.
In 2006 the property produced 8 pipes of must (1 pipe = 750Kg).
The wines from Val Coelho are used for the best premium blends of port, including LBV and in the great years Vintage Port. The wines are normally very full and elegant, with blackcurrent aromas of Touriga Nacional.
South-west, west and south
305 — 548 feet
|PRINCIPAL GRAPE VARIETIES
Touriga Franca, old mixed vines, Touriga Nacional, Sousão