“What we currently do is to respect the vineyards and to accept the wines that are born there, regardless of their characteristics”. This is the motto of Álvaro Castro and his daughter Maria Castro while producing outstanding wines at the heart of Dão wine region.
Álvaro Castro graduated in Civil Engineering, but never worked in this area. He collected several experiences and saw the world. Facing the decision to sell the properties of the family, he decided not to. And so the adventure in the world of wines began. He became one of the most respected winemakers in the Dão wine region.
Dão wine region is framed by 3 mountain ranges: Buçaco, Caramulo and Serra da Estrela with very special weather conditions. The vineyards of Álvaro Castro are situated in a hill next to Vila Nova de Tazém , hidden between pine trees, broom and bushes. The vineyards are 6 to 65 years-old, situated at a medium altitude of 550 meters in a area of 60 ha. The typical vine varieties of the region are planted in granitic soils: Encruzado, Cercial, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, Alfrocheiro, Baga, an old vine with more than 30 vine varieties.
Quinta de Saes has very remote origins, dating back to 1580. Quinta da Pellada, located in the surroundings of Quinta de Saes, was born in 1527. Álvaro Castro made his first wine in 1989. His daughter, the gifted wine-maker Maria Castro, works in partnership with his father, in the creation of absolutely remarkable wines.
Dão wines terroir at its best!