Adega de Quinta da Veiga
Exceptional wine from Portugal's foremost wine-producing region in the Duoro Valley
The winery that produces the exceptional Casas das Mouras Reserva is a small facility that farms part the famous Quinta da Veiga Vineyard. The vineyard itself is completely terraced and comprises about 20 hectares located on the right bank of the Douro Valley and traces its history back to the Eighteenth Century.
For marketing regions, many of the small farm s that compromise the Quinta da Veiga choose to market their wines under universal labels, thereby forming a formidable image and entity. This ideology is repeated throughout Portugal whenever a number of small farms are involved.
Joao Silva e Sousa - Winemaker
Silva e Sousa's resume is a virtual who’s who in the Portuguese wine industry. He was formerly the technical director for the massive Sogrape Vineyards (their wonderful Mateus rosé introduced millions worldwide to the joys of wine drinking) and later was winemaker for the esteemed port house Offley.
In 1999 he created his own wine company, VDS, which he sold in 2005. Silva e Sousa is considered one of Portugal’s preeminent winemakers. Silva e Sousa also serves as a continuing consultant for a number of wineries and port companies. He is also building a new wine company in the Douro Valley that should be completed later this year.
Duoro Valley, Portugal
The Duoro Region traces its ancestry back to 1756, when it was affirmed as the world’s first officially demarcated wine region. The River Duoro gives its name to this mountainous area that is sparsely populated and difficult to farm. Little available soil makes grape growing in the Duoro a wondrous feat, but the growers of the Duoro are a determined lot.
Many vineyards are located on steep, terraced plots, beautiful to see, but economically difficult to operate. Massive hard schist formations dominate the terrain, and it is sometimes necessary to grind down to a level of three feet in order to accommodate the vines. Somehow the plants survive and prevail, even with the tiny amount of water available and the fact that there are few nutrients found in the soils.