Quinta da Fonte Souto
Quinta da Fonte Souto is a venture by the Symington family of Port and Douro wine fame and, for this new project established in 2017, they have stepped outside the Douro. The estate is located in the Portalegre subregion of the Alto Alentejo in southern Portugal close to the border with Spain. It is the Alentejo's northernmost subregion, which gained its DOC in 2003. The name was chosen because in Portuguese ‘Forte’ means “source of water” or “fountain” and Souto means a “chestnut grove”. These two words therefore combined symbolise this beautiful estate's abundance of water from its natural springs and its magnificent chestnut groves. The Alentejo is a typically hot region, but Quinta da Fonte Souto is in the Sierra da Sᾶo Mamede Natural Park, and the vineyards here benefit from the cooler high altitude, which creates its own unique microclimate, imbuing the wines with freshness and complexity. 43 hectares are presently under vine at between 490 and 550 metres above sea level on schist and granite soils which produce intense full-bodied grapes. The vineyards are planted principally with the red Aragonês, Alfrocheiro, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the white Arinto and Verdelho. Quinta da Forte Souto craft elegant white and red wines from this exciting off the beaten track region of Portugal – they offer great value for money!