The Quinta de Ramozeiros winery and family home are perched on the top of a hill in the Douro
Valley, surrounded by 52 acres of vineyards. The estate has been home to vineyards since 1789.
The Alves de Cunha family has lived and worked here, producing wines from native Portuguese
varietals for 25 years.
The sharply sloping vineyards are terraced and sit at altitudes of 985-1,315 feet. Soils are
primarily schist, which allows for deep root penetration. The slopes provide the vines with
excellent sun exposures, with different plots affording each varietal uniquely suitable conditions.
The winery is committed to “…an ethical protocol of love and responsibility for the soil, the
vineyards, the people and nature as a whole.” They employ sustainable farming methods that
support biodiversity and the local ecosystem. In addition to native grape varietals, they cultivate
olive, almond and fruit trees and a kitchen garden. This garden is used to make daily communal
lunches that bring together their entire staff.
Great care is taken in the vineyard to produce grapes of the highest quality. The hand-harvested
grapes are then vinified with minimal interventions, with the ultimate goal always to “…allow
nature to express itself freely.
Tasting Notes: A deep ruby with aromas of ripe, jammy red fruit and fresh, herbal notes. Complex and full bodied in the mouth with good structure and continued ripe red fruit flavors that linger on a long, balanced finish.
VINEYARDS: Schist soils, terraced at 985-1,150 feet
VINIFICATION: Total stripping of the grapes, fermentation in granite 'lagar' for 8 days
AGING: 12 months; 60% French oak barrels, 40% Portuguese oak barrels
PRODUCTION: 5,000 bottles
VIGNERON: António Sousa
WINEMAKER: Paulo J. Teixeira Barros