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Quinta do Escudial

 

Quinta do Escudial

 

In many ways Quinta do Escudial is the typical producer we want to work closely with. They are a small family-owned business, with only 3 people, all family members, engaged in the company. They are in the Dao region of Portugal, on the edge of the highest mountain range in the country. This is a region that is largely unknown to the average wine consumer outside Portugal.

The wines produced by Quinta do Escudial are also trying to show a different side to Portugal and Portuguese wines. They use no oak at all in their production so it is a clear focus on letting the wines speak for themselves. This has been driven by the personal taste of the owner but also a strong belief that there are also consumers that want these types of wines.

The name Escudial comes from ancient floral games of the old city fidalgoes ( these are traditional battles on Midsummer’s Eve and festivals in honour of great figures from Portuguese history). This specific one was about a storm that blew down the Great Cedar and and the Quinta do Escudial thus losing its tall king of the hills, whose spreading branches had been much appreciated by the crowds on feast days. When the gigantic tree fell down, Alfredo Augusto de Frias de Eça Ribeiro, the owner of Quinta do Escudial, was walking right past it. And as he suffered no injury, he immediately decided to build a chapel in recognition of what he considered a miracle. This chapel still stands there, in the middle of the vineyards, and is also on the bottles.

The original 3.5 hectares of older vines at Quinta do Escudial have been joined in 2003 by a further 3 hectares of vineyards planted with traditional Dão varieties (Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz).

The wines have wone numerous awards, for example double silver medals in the Wine Masters Challange and we are proud to be working together.