Located in the heart of the Douro, this tiny vineyard produces just 400 cases a year and has been consistently in the top 10 Portugese wines over the last 10 years.
After dedicating more then 50 years of his life to the Douro Valley viticulture, and a few years before he passed away, José António Castro Ramos Pinto Rosas (known as the “Douro Pope” for his contribution to the Douro region), decided to make his last dream come true, i.e. to create the “dream estate” for the production of Port and Douro wines.
After a long and detailed study of the Region, he found a property of 20 hectares, in the Douro Superior near Vila Nova de Foz Côa, with the ideal characteristics (altitude, aspect, soils, etc.) for the production of top quality wines.
At the beginning of the 1990’s, aged 72, José António bought the property where he decided to put all his know-how. He started from scratch and planted a vineyard of 8.5 hectares, carefully selecting the grape varietals, to suit the climate and the very hard rocky, poor soil made of “xisto” (slate). No vineyards had ever been planted here before.
His decision (unique until then) of planting a Quinta with 80% of Touriga Nacional, made José António decide to call the Quinta, Touriga. He was probably the first person to consider that Touriga Nacional was one of the best Portuguese grape varieties.
Today the property is run by José António’s son Jorge who built, in 2004, a state of the art winery. The wine produced at the Quinta da Touriga is considered by many to be one of the best produced in Portugal.
Dark and brooding in appearance, the nose is dense with masses of spicy fruit and hints of leather. The palate is powerful with warm, spicy fruit – damsons and plums – but also extremely elegant and polished. The finish is very long.
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