Quinta do Romeu
This beautiful estate, located in the district of Bragança, in the northeast corner of the Douro wine region, has been in operation since 1874. The estate produces wine, olive oil and cork and has a beautiful restaurant located in an inn dating back the 19th century. The Menéres family, who founded and continue to operate the estate, seek balance between their crops, their environment, the people, and their local economy. Their 25 hectares of grapes and 120 hectares of olives have been certified organic since 1997. Eschewing international varieties, Romeu focuses only on autochthonous grapes; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Sousão and Touriga Franca for the reds; Gouveio, Rabigato, Viosinho and Arinto for the whites. The vines are all planted on shale, schist and quartz soils along the banks of the Douro.
Quinta do Romeu Douro Tinto 2012
The Quinta do Romeu Tinto is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 18% Touriga Franca, and 7% Sousão. The grapes are hand selected and sorted, the stems are then removed and fruit is gently crushed by foot, followed by a slow and natural yeast fermentation in big granite lagares. The wine remains in 20 hl l granite lagares for two years before being bottled without finining or filtration. No filtering or fining takes place, and the finished wine is full of expression and spice. Aromas are youthful and intense coming from the glass, loaded with red fruits and a beautiful floral character. Balanced acidity on the palate accompanied with fruity persistence and soft tannins, make for a very elegant and approachable young wine that is extremely versatile on the dinner table.
Quinta do Romeu Douro Moinho do Gato 2014
The 2014 Moinho do Gato is the Menéres family’s freshest example of their Douro reds. All organic and handpicked grapes (predominately Tourgia Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão) come into the cellar for manual selection and sorting. The stems are completely removed and followed by a gentle crushing, with slow and natural yeast fermentation in giant lagares where the fruit is crushed and worked by foot. No filtering or fining takes place, and the finished wine is expressive and delightful.
Quinta do Romeu Douro Rosado 2017
The 2017 Quinta do Romeu Douro Rosado is an incredible example of a serious rosé, coming from a region that is known for mainly red wines. Organic and handpicked grapes of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Cão come into the cellar for manual selection and sorting. The stems are completely removed and the Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cão grapes are directly pressed and allowed to ferment slowly in stainless steel. The Touriga Nacional is the only variety that sees 6 hours on the skins to give color to the Rosado. The finished wine is light and fresh, yet full of expressive fruit, with spice and lovely texture.