Quinta do Crasto
The Quinta is located on the right bank of the Douro River between Régua and Pinhao. The territory here has ancient roots: the name comes from “castrum” Latin for a “Roman fort”. The earliest records mentioning Quinta do Crasto and its wine production date to 1615 and between 1758 and 1761 the Marquis of Pombal instructed 335 granite markers to be installed, awarded to the best land during the delineation of what became the first demarcated and regulated wine region in the world. Quinta do Crasto still have one of these “marcos pombalinos” on their property, dating to 1758 when their land was awarded Feitoria status, the highest vineyard classification of the time. In the early 20th century the estate was sold to Constantino de Almeida, founder of the celebrated Constantino wine house, who sold quality export port, wine and brandy. Following Constantino's death in 1923 his son, Fernando Moreira d'Almeida, took over and continued producing high quality ports. In 1981 Fernando's daughter Leonor Roquette assumed the management of the estate and, together with her husband Jorge and sons Miguel and Tomás and daughter Rita, began to renovate and expand the vineyards, and also began to produce DOC Douro wines alongside their ports. Quinta do Crasto have 74 hectares under vine in the Cima Corgo subregion of the Douro Valley. The vineyards are planted on schist soils on steep terraces retained by stone walls, and here intense, complex and concentrated wines and ports are produced from some of the oldest and most historic vines in the Douro - some over 100 years old. Fruit from these gnarly low-yielding vines go to craft their iconic single vineyard wines from their Vinha Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte vineyard plots. They also own Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior subregion where 114 hectares are under vine in 109 plots, each planted with a single grape variety chosen to suit the particular aspects of the site. The wines produced here have a more international style, whist still expressing the unique characteristics of the area which, at around 610 metres above sea level, is the highest and also the driest area in the Douro Valley. In 2006 they added Quinta do Querindelo, also in the Douro Superior, with 10 hectares of old vines to their holdings. Quinta do Crasto have three granite lagares and still traditionally foot-tread their grapes for their port and top red wines. Their barrel cellar was completely renovated in 2013 and houses 85% French oak and 15% American oak barrels which are sourced from more than 10 suppliers to guarantee a mix of characteristics, and are only used twice. Quinta do Crasto have gained high international acclaim for their multi-awarded ports and wines, of which they produce a comprehensive range to suite every pocket.