When we visited Portugal we knew that we would find excellent wines in the well-known wine region of Douro but we ended up finding even more in the the Dão region and Beira Interior. Dão is protected by the numerous mountains of Caramulo, Montemuro, Bussaco and Estrela.
The majority of the vineyards are planted at an altitude between 450 and 600 meters high mainly in granite soils, producing wines that age well in the bottle.
As most regions of Portugal Dão has many grape varieties, but the most prominent ones are Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz for the reds and Encruzado, Bical, Cerceal, Malvasia Fina and Verdelho for the whites.
One of the iconic producers of Dão is Quinta da Pellada, led by Alvaro Castro and these days also largely by his daughter Maria Castro. The Quinta (wine growing estate or historically just a country estte) has a long histroy and the first mentions of it go back to the year of 1527. From wine perspective it is however newer, Alvaro de Castro is a civil engineer who inherited this property in 1980; at the time he decided that to make something out of the estate, he had to give it full time attention. Rapidly the enthusiasm for the wine and viticulture made him decide to re-establish an old family tradition of winemaking, which had been broken for one generation. The first wine label as Quinta de Saes came with 1989 vintage. Today he produces wines under several brand names but the most well-known ones are Quinta de Saes and Quinta da Pellada.
Despite Dão being one of the oldest wine making regions in Portugal it has not been, and still is not, one of the most well-known. No one has however done more to build the reputation of Dão then Alvaro Castro. He is the most well-known and highly regarded wine maker in the region. We are happy to offer a large range of the wines from Quinta da Pellada and we can also offer the more high-end wines for anyone interested.