Producer Profile

Quinta de Santa Teresa

Located in the land of Baião, the estate was established in 1991 with Casa do Arrabalde, a family property that has been in the family for six generations. Spanning three parcels including Quinta dos Espinhosos and Quinta de Santa Teresa, their vineyards thrive in predominantly granitic soils, producing low-to-moderate yields. Committed to expressing the character of the land and varietals, the estate focuses on sustainable and integrated methods, regenerating the land and engaging the local community through recruitment and training. With a minimal interventionist winemaking philosophy, they never use herbicides or synthetic products, achieving organic certification in 2019.

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Where The Wines Come From

Vinho Verde

Natural wine production in Vinho Verde, Portugal, celebrates the region's unique terroir and centuries-old winemaking traditions. Situated in the lush, verdant northwest corner of Portugal, Vinho Verde is renowned for its cool, maritime climate and fertile soils. Indigenous grape varieties such as Alvarinho, Loureiro, and Trajadura thrive in this environment, producing wines that are crisp, aromatic, and refreshing. Natural winemakers in Vinho Verde embrace sustainable farming practices, nurturing their vineyards with care and respect for the land. In the cellar, they employ minimalist techniques, allowing the grapes to ferment spontaneously with native yeasts and minimal sulfur usage, resulting in wines that express the true essence of the grape and terroir. The resulting wines are vibrant, lively, and full of character, with a zesty acidity and a distinct minerality that reflects the region's coastal influence. Whether enjoyed as a young, vibrant quaffer or aged to develop additional complexity, natural wines from Vinho Verde offer a taste of Portugal's winemaking heritage and a refreshing glimpse into the future of sustainable viticulture.