Outstanding port, exceptional fine wine and a heavenly swimming pool!
Now more than 100 years old, the Quinta do Crasto estate is known for its prestigious ports and excellent non-fortified wines. It is a sign of the times that the business has also turned to wine tourism, showcasing the winery’s numerous points of interest and picturesque setting.
Roots that run deep
The estate dates back to 1615 and is one of the oldest in the country, though its “official” story only began in 1886, when the property was bought by Constantino de Almeida. He gave the vineyard its name, Quinta do Crasto, which combines Portuguese and Latin words to mean “the farm of the Roman fort.”
Experience and innovation
Quinta do Crasto has an impressive history of making terrific port. In fact, the estate earned itself the Feitoria denomination, which is the highest distinction for a vineyard. Even though Douro is one of the world’s oldest winegrowing regions – with its 400-year history of producing fortified wines – the region was also one of the last to get into the production of non-fortified wine. It wasn’t until 1994 that Quinta do Crasto produced its first “dry” red wines.
Their most prized plot
The Vinha Maria Teresa plot, which is named after de Almeida’s first granddaughter, is the estate’s finest. It enjoys remarkable east exposure and features more than 60 grape varieties that were planted in 1903. The exceptional quality of its grapes stands in inverse proportion to its low yields.
In the past 20 years, the family has only uncorked a bottle of their 1887 port on a handful of occasions, and they still have a few precious bottles left. Produced and bottled at the estate, this phenomenal wine is incredibly complex and brimming with personality, says Miguel Roquette. We represent one of its notable descendants, the 2011 Porto LBV, which is made from the fruit of some very old vines.
And what about the pool?
Why are we even mentioning the pool when there’s so much to say about this 100-year-old winery? Because it is just so breathtaking. Designed by renowned architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, this infinity pool is considered by Miguel Roquette to be one of the estate’s feature attractions. Carved into the shale ground, it calls out to visitors who come for the wine and the unobstructed views of the Douro river, which appears to be nourished by the pool’s waters.