Quinta da Pellada
Álvaro e Maria de Castro
The Dão region is located in province of Beira Alta, in the North of Central Portugal, protected by the mountains of Caramulo, Montemuro, Bussaco and Estrela.
The majority of the vineyards are planted between 450 and 600 meters high, in granite soils, producing wines that age well in the bottle.
The continental climate of the Dão region has cold and rainy winters and hot and dry summers. The vineyards were initially used by the clergy, especially monks from Cister. In 1908 it became the second Wine region in Portugal after Douro. With the admission Portugal to the EEC in 1986, the vines went through restructuring, with new viticulture techniques and appropriate grape variety choice.
The Dão has many grape varieties, but the most important are Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz for the reds and Encruzado, Bical, Cerceal, Malvasia Fina and Verdelho for the white grape varieties.
The first historic references of Quinta da Pellada go back to the year of 1527. Alvaro de Castro is a civil engineer who inherited this property in 1980; at the time he decided that to make something out of the estate, he had to give it full time attention. Rapidly the enthusiasm for the wine and viticulture made him decide to re-establish an old family tradition of winemaking, which had been broken for one generation. The first wine label as Quinta de Saes came with 1989 vintage.