In 1978 Fonseca acquired the Quinta do Panascal, a property located in the spectacularly beautiful Tavora Valley, also in the Cima Corgo to the south of the Douro River. At present, 67 of its 97 acres are planted, supporting 114,800 vines which produce 860 hectolitres of must annually. Adjacent vineyards produce another 196 hectolitres. New plantings at Panascal deny to focus principally on Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa and Tinta Roriz. Quinta do Panascal is now firmly based as the backbone to the famous Fonseca vintages. Creating wines of great weight, dimension and complexity that are sought after by wine connoisseurs around the world. The Fonseca Viticultural team developed the first biological vines in the Douro valley, in a designated region of Quinta do Panascal.