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.
- ‘Hidden away in the forest and mountains, the picture-postcard town of Sintra is home to impressive palaces and traditional quintas.’
- ‘I grew up in Buenos Aires, and my parents' quinta a little outside the city was named ‘Buen Aire’.’
- ‘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.’’
- 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.’
- ‘At some quintas, grapes are still trodden by foot in shallow stone troughs.’
- ‘Madeira's hotels are outstanding, many of them converted quintas.’
- ‘Single quinta vintage ports are wholly unblended and can give some very idiosyncratic tastes.’
- ‘The lodges in these vineyards are known as quintas, and some offer wine classes, lunch and tours.’
- ‘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.’
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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