QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA





INFORMATIONS

Region: Douro
Country: 
Portugal

DESCRIPTION

 

Access is spectacular. The narrow  serpentine path descends to the house, which lies deep in the valley in one of the numerous curves of the Douro. Quinta da Romaneira, is located in the town of Cotas, and is one of the three or four largest farms in the region – it absorbs most of the coast of Roncão to Carrapate, and occupies more than two kilometres from the shore of the Douro. This region has the reputation of producing top quality wines. It is said that the best wines are created from grapes that grow overlooking the Douro River or its tributaries – and interestingly, all the varieties of Romaneira red wine are facing towards the river.


Quinta da Romaneira can be proud of the fact that it possesses an ancient history. There are various theories as to the origin of its name. However, one should go back to the time of the Romans, who cultivated the vineyard in the Douro region. Still, there are records of its existence dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. For generations, the Quinta da Romaneira belonged to the Sousa Guimarães family, whose initials and the date of 1854 can still be found on the entrance gate. Considered one of the most important farms, it is also represented on a map prepared by Baron Forrester.  Furthermore, it received  praise by the great 19TH-century authors of Port wine. Even then, the character and the personality of the wines of Romaneira were associated with Touriga Nacional. This caste today represents the largest portion of the vineyard (40 percent) and is the key element for the production of the finest Port wines and table wines of the Quinta.


The Quinta is a typical intercropping, where almond , olive and fruit trees grow – for most of the year there are small oranges hanging from the branches, and beneath their thick, hard shell, hides an incredible fullness of flavour. The honey is dark brown, thick, spicy and its aromatic sweetness is also present in Port wines. The "goût du terroir" is the distinctive characteristic of the designation of origin of all wines. It is noted in Romaneira wines, the scent of cistus, a wild flower that blooms on the slopes of the Douro at the time of the grape harvest.


With the enlargement of the vineyard area, between 75 and 525 metres of altitude, a uniform climate does not predominate, but several microclimates exist. The distribution of plots at different altitudes gives rise to wines with different characteristics and ensures production and quality every year. Another advantage of this distribution is the gradual maturation periods, which allow sufficient time for the careful vinification of individual vineyards.


In 2004, the Quinta da Romaneira, which up until that time had been private property, was sold and substantially renovated by new owners. Although the production of Porto wines-Vintages, LBV, Tawnies with 10 and 40 years of age continued – today, the focus is on production of large unfiltered Douro wines. Mainly red wines, however, some white wines and rosés, are produced. In the same year that saw a change of ownership of the Quinta, production and marketing of wine still occurred – a success that in large part was due to the work on the vines. To meet the diverse microclimates and the complex situation of soils, new varieties were selected, and planted.


The poor, dry soil made up of schistose, in which the vine roots penetrate through the crevices of the rocks until they find water and nutrients, is ideal for Port wine. Along more than 85 hectares of the quinta, cultivated above all are the noble castes of the Douro, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão, but also small quantities of white varieties, such as Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, and  Viosinho. Experimentation has led to the plantation of imported varieties of Syrah and Petit Verdot, across several hectares, results shown so far are promising.


Whilst technology alone is not enough to produce a great wine, a good team requires professional equipment. In 2005, as a result of the decision to create a new unit for vinification, the opportunity arose to construct from scratch the perfect wine cellar. Many wineries of the Douro region were born in the 17th or 18th century, although this contributes to its picturesque image,it doesn't make them functional. For the construction, a large ditch was made in Romaneira, and the cellar was buried two-thirds below the ground. This option is beneficial for wine storage and helps maintain a cool environment.

 

The mills are of stainless steel and combine the advantages of both traditional and modern winemaking. The grapes are carefully crushed by foot, and the container can be heated and cooled according to necessity. Storage in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks gives the producer flexibility and the possibility of allowing the personality of the vines to come through with more depth.

 

GRAPE VARIETIES

Red Grape Varities
Tinta Roriz | Tinto Cão | Touriga Franca | Touriga Nacional


 

About

Gomes Weine imports wines from Portugal, Spain and France, and possess over 30 years of experience in their commercialisation. Superior quality is what you can expect, and what differentiates the wines, of Gomes Weine, given that, they originated from the best producers, and were created by renowned wine makers.

Tel:
++41 61 303 04 50
Fax: 
++41 61 303 04 54

   
E-mail
gomesweine@gomes-weine.ch
   
Business hours
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 and 14.00 – 18.30
Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00
By arrangement