Quinta da Raza
Basto, Vinho Verde, Portugal
"This wine results from a rigorous selection of our best Avesso and Alvarinho grapes and the perfect communion between technique and tradition. The grape crop is picked manually into small boxes. The grapes are destemmed and then pressed at low pressure. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Following this process, 10% of the previous vintage, which has matured in oak for one year, is added to the wine. Then the wine is rested in stainless steel tanks for 4 months on the fine lees. Before bottling, the wine is filtered and cold stabilised."
"Quinta da Raza Avesso / Alvarinho is a high quality wine, intense and fresh, with a fruity and floral aroma and with great complexity in the mouth and a persistent aftertaste. It is made from a blend of two high quality grapes, resulting in a powerful wine with good ageing potential."
"A family business since 1769, Quinta da Raza has gone through four centuries in the Teixeira Coelho family. Their commitment and dedication to the vineyard and to wine has fermented this passion and knowledge over time.
Quinta da Raza has around 50 hectares of vineyards, located in Lugar de Peneireiros in the Basto Sub-region (DOC), in the heart of the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region. This region has a unique terroir. The gentle slopes, the richness of our soil, the magnificent sun exposure and a generous microclimate make this a remarkable and genuine region. But our greatest fortune lies in the hands of all who so passionately devote themselves to Quinta da Raza's vineyard and wine.
Very mountainous with river valleys. The Basto sub-region is the most inland region, with an average altitude of 250m. The soils are granitic, with sandy loam predominating within them. They are shallow with some clay and schist areas, as at Quinta da Raza. The region also has a large temperature range. The climate is harsher than in the rest of the Vinho Verde Region, very cold in winter and very hot and dry in summer.
The various grapes used are the native varieties used since ancient times in this region. The geography and richness of our region provide us with a diversity of noble grape varieties that give typicality and harmonious uniqueness to the wines of our region.
We combine our native and vinho verde grape varieties such as Azal, Arinto, Avesso, Vinhão, Padeiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho with each other in passionate blends, but we also let each noble variety express its DNA and lead us to a deeper knowledge of its identity in monovarietal wines."