Quinta da Zaralhoa

Region Douro, Portugal

Winemaker Luis Cruz

Luis and Ana entered the world of wine 15 years ago when Luis's parents, Tony and Gabby, bought a beautiful property in the heart of the Douro Superior. The property was filled with abandoned vineyards and recovering them became the family's passion. Today, along with their young daughter, Rita, and new baby, Luisinho, they are committed to making some of the best wine the Douro has to offer. We met Luis and Ana for the first time at their house in the city of Porto, Portugal about 1.5 hours from the Douro wine region where their vineyard is located. We were thrilled to meet people in the wine industry who were in our age group, athletic (they both surf) and with such a passion for wine. A few months later we went to stay with them at Luis's parents house at the vineyard in the middle of the Douro. We were able to go into their cellar and taste their next vintages aging in the barrel and we are truly excited for what is to come in the next few years.

Philosophy: Along with being natural and sustainable in the vineyard, they continue the tradition of stomping the grapes with their feet in traditional lagares. They believe that it is the best way to crush the grapes because it maximizes the juice's contact with the skin without crushing the seeds which causes bad flavors. If you are ever in the Douro in October, they'd love your help! The family harvests their grapes in October, which is considered late in this region. They can do this because their vineyard faces Southwest, giving it less sun. It is this reduced sun exposure that allows the grapes a longer time to ripen and develop their flavors without excess sugars ruining the acid levels.

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Winery Data

Vineyard Size12 hectares

Total Winery Production3500 cases

FarmingOrganic

Something RandomAna and Luis are hardcore surfers!

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