Lagares Girls at Quinta do Noval

It is harvest time in the Douro, and we started our first lagares at Quinta do Noval last week. It is looking very good so far.

This weekend however, our lagar was unusually picturesque. Traditionally grape treading was an exclusively masculine activity – to the point that female presence in the lagar room at all was actively discouraged. This has now all changed, at least at Quinta do Noval, where in fact the (usually male) treaders now work under the orders of Senhora Ausenda Matos, our oenologist in charge of the lagares.

Ausenda Matos in charge of things in the Quinta do Noval Lagar.

Ausenda Matos in charge of things in the Quinta do Noval Lagar.

But to take things a little further still Corinne Michot, our brand ambassador who spends a lot of time at Quinta do Noval, organized an exclusively female lagar last Saturday. Men were banished from the room this time, but one or two photographs have survived which prove that from an aesthetic point of view there is a lot be said for gender equality in the winery. It remains to be seen whether the resulting Port wine will be characterized by the same seductive female character as the treaders themselves. We will taste the wine blind against Port trodden by males and let you know if there are discernible differences, in which case we may decide to take this experiment further next year.

First part of the Treading : line up, along the lagare.

First part of the Treading : line up, along the lagare.

 2nd part of the Treading :the free treading.On this picture, we can see, from the left to the right, Branla, Paula, Rosa, Lurdes, Marta and Gisela of the Quinta do Noval team.

2nd part of the Treading :the free treading.On this picture, we can see, from the left to the right, Branla, Paula, Rosa, Lurdes, Marta and Gisela of the Quinta do Noval team.

Corinne Michot distributing refreshing glasses of Coates and Seely to the thirsty workers (I would not normally approve of their stemware, but alas real glasses are not allowed in the lagares for obvious reasons). From the left to the right, Corinne Michot, AXA Millésimes Brand Ambassador, Paloma Ezcurra (C10), Caroline Furstoss (Thoumieux).

Corinne Michot distributing refreshing glasses of Coates and Seely to the thirsty workers (I would not normally approve of their stemware, but alas real glasses are not allowed in the lagares for obvious reasons). From the left to the right, Corinne Michot, AXA Millésimes Brand Ambassador, Paloma Ezcurra (C10), Caroline Furstoss (Thoumieux).

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