One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America) a large house in the country or on the outskirts of a town.
- ‘His assertion that the country house, or quinta, was of only one story, is apparently based on a document that refers to the residence as ‘two low dwellings.’’
- ‘I grew up in Buenos Aires, and my parents' quinta a little outside the city was named ‘Buen Aire’.’
- ‘Hidden away in the forest and mountains, the picture-postcard town of Sintra is home to impressive palaces and traditional quintas.’
- 1.1 A country estate, in particular a wine-growing estate in Portugal.
- ‘In the 1980s and 1990s a number of single estates or quintas have also emerged, making high-quality varietal wines from grapes such as Alvarinho, Loureiro, and Avesso.’
- ‘Single quinta vintage ports are wholly unblended and can give some very idiosyncratic tastes.’
- ‘It overlooks a former quinta or agricultural estate, now swallowed up by the city and transformed into a large public park.’
- ‘Upriver amidst rocky hills, villages and quintas - country estates - lie Portugal's steep and fabled vineyards.’
- ‘Madeira's hotels are outstanding, many of them converted quintas.’
- ‘At some quintas, grapes are still trodden by foot in shallow stone troughs.’
- ‘The lodges in these vineyards are known as quintas, and some offer wine classes, lunch and tours.’
Spanish and Portuguese, from quinta parte ‘fifth part’ (originally referring to the amount of a farm's produce paid in rent).
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