The Quinta da Romaneira dry wines are some of the most remarkable of the new Douro movement. Well structured, complex, rich and ageworthy, the flagship ‘Quinta da Romaneira’ Red in particular represents an excellent alternative for fans of top Spanish classics. The estate also makes a small amount of Port, all the grapes for which are trodden by foot in the traditional way. Quinta da Romaneira was bought in 2004 by a group of friends including Christian Seely, who is known for his experience running the renowned Quinta do Noval. Since arriving in the Douro in the 1990s, it had been Christian’s dream to own Quinta da Romaneira and restore the property to its former glory. The estate has 85 hectares of vineyard in the Cima Corgo district, in the heart of the Douro Valley, along two kilometres of the Douro River. The 80 hectares of noble Douro red varieties are all classified ‘A’ Grade and are found on the vertiginous schistous terraces of this part of the Douro. Five hectares are devoted to aromatic white varieties, which are grown at the top of the terraces in order to benefit from the cooling effects of altitude.
My inspirational wine
Born into a family that produces and has traded wines for five generations I have tasted quite a few wines, fortified and otherwise, that have inspired my winemaking. To mention one in particular I would select the “Barca Velha 1966”. It was by far the best red wine produced in the Douro at the time. I was young but I still remember the first time I consciously tasted it and felt its purity, finesse, elegance and power. I felt happy, not only for the great wine I was tasting but also for the greatness of the terroir. To me it was inspiring to know that such high quality wine could be produced in the Douro Valley. António Agrellos