This project has all the makings of a classic French film. A wealthy French winemaker finds himself wandering in the hillsides of the beautiful Valença do Douro, one of the oldest winemaking areas in
Enter famed French interior designer
In practical terms, Yovanovitch has rebuilt all of the main structures, transforming the 19th-century
The common areas include a kitchen/dining room with its whimsical balloon chandelier. Situated at the heart of the house, the kitchen contains a grand tiled fireplace and an expansive dining table with a tiled top that is an original creation, representing the countryside of the Douro Valley. There are also two sittings rooms and a library. As well as this, they’ve added a new building custom made to house accommodating winemaking, tasting room and events space.
Yovanovitch had a clear vision, which he implemented with bold architectural lines, engaging the space with the land around it through the use of local materials and employing the work of local artisans. There is a mix of locally sourced antiques and bespoke custom designed furniture along with works of art everywhere you look.
Of course, this French film probably ends with guests arriving, magazine editors turning up and photographers stumbling over random sheep that have escaped from the nearby property. I can imagine a love story is hidden somewhere in the vines as well, but that may need to wait until Quinta da Côrte brings out a sequel.