Lovers of good wine, we find in the Douro Superior, amidst its legends and traditions, perfect conditions for the production of great wines. They are capable of arousing special pleasures and emotions in their tastings. Thus, we started our dream, acquiring two properties: Quinta do Sardoal and Quinta das Salgueiras, both in Torre de Moncorvo. It is from there that some of the region's main wines come from.
Legend has it that, in the early days of Lusitania, a young maiden was lost in love with a high official of the Roman Empire. Not accepting the romance, the family took her beyond the Douro River. There, on the right bank, in the Douro Superior, she started to live among the vineyards, where she wandered, day and night, immersed in tears by her lover.
The maiden's tears, filled with desire and passion, permeated the schist soil of the vineyards, creating a unique terroir for the production of wines that facilitate understanding between people and awaken love.
From there come ÁVIDOS, our premium wine, ANÓNIMO, our best expression of the traditional red wine of the Douro, the PASSIONATE, red, white and rosé, soft, charming and enveloping and AMÁVIO, which in old Portuguese means “elixir do amor and seduction ”. They are balanced wines, easy to drink, capable of arousing strong emotions.
We have a total of about 17 ha, in two vineyards. The Sardoal, next to the Douro River, has altitudes above 150 meters, producing more concentrated grapes. The Salgueiras, with up to 550 meters of altitude, has fresher grapes, with greater acidity.
The vineyards are between 15 and 30 years old, all planted by grape varieties. This allows harvesting and winemaking to be carried out separately, ensuring the best use of each grape variety. This variety of grapes and different altitudes provides more balanced cuts, harvest by harvest. The end result is surprising wines of remarkable quality.
The main grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Souzão. There are also smaller quantities of Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Francisca, Marufo and Malvasia Fina. They are combined in different ways according to the wine, making each one unmistakable in its tasting.