Quinta da Romeira

Bucelas, bucelas Portugal

Quinta da Romeira has been producing wines since 1703 and is one of the most prestigious estates in the Bucelas appellation. With 75 hectares planted mainly to Arinto, Quinta da Romeira is purported to be the largest Arinto vineyard in the world.

During the Peninsula Wars, the Duke of Wellington used Quinta da Romeira as his headquarters, developed a taste for the estate’s wines and took them home to London as an offering to King George IV. They soon gained a following in Britain, with celebrity fans including Charles Dickens and Lord Byron.

The property was bought by Sogrape in 2018. They have invested heavily in the estate, improving the viticulture and putting the talented António Braga in charge of winemaking. The ‘Prova Régia’ 2019 is the first vintage made by António and is a wonderful demonstration of his winemaking expertise. Unlike previous vintages of this wine which were a blend of Arinto grapes sourced from across the Lisbon region, the 2019 is made exclusively from Arinto grown in the Bucelas appellation. Fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures and unoaked, this is a vibrant wine boasting precise aromas of ripe lemon, green apple and nectarine. Three months of lees stirring have added texture to the palate and a crisp acidity carries the bright fruit flavours onto the clean finish.

New to the list this year is the ‘Morgado de Santa Catherina’. This is a partially barrel-fermented 100% Arinto aged for eight months in French oak barrels with regular bâtonnage. It marries delicious aromas of brioche with the characteristic zesty fruit of the Arinto.

These are delightful wines from a region whose reputation is, once again, on the rise.


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