At its widest point, Portugal barely spans 80 miles and is a mere 300 miles long. The Alentejo is its largest wine district and backs up to Spain on its eastern boundary. The estate is owned by Luis Duarte and his wife Dora Simoes. Their holdings cover over 200 acres and grow over 20 different varietals, mostly Portuguese originals.
A native of Portugal, Luis has over 30 years of winemaking experience. Over the years, his exceptional wines have been recognized all over the world.
The soils here, being mostly granite with patches of schist and quartz, could not grow much else except grapes. Luckily, grapes thrive in this environment. The root structure has to dig deep to find water and as a result becomes stronger, as does the vine system above ground. These growing conditions produce beautifully structured grapes from which you can craft beautifully structured wine, as Luis has been proving for decades.
The grape varieties in this Vinho Blanco selection are Antao Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro. They're household names as long as your house is in Portugal. They are rarely grown outside of this country.
Antao Vaz is the principal grape in our blend, adding firm structure and stone fruit characteristics. Arinto contributes the acidity and lasting power, and Roupeiro the long, subtle finish. The real magic is in the blend, which is why you will almost never see a wine from Portugal that is a single varietal. Careful blending is the key the great wines here. And this is a great wine.