Quinta do Mouro
Factor XPTO: Quinta do Mouro singular wines, unique in the Alentejo sea.
Located within the city of Estremoz, Quinta do Mouro stands out for its beauty, history and excellent wines. Miguel Louro has been producing wine there since 1994 and had never imagined that he would become one of the most respected producers in Portugal. With a stark and captivating personality, he is known for speaking his mind and challenging those who debate ideas with him. These traits of personality are transferred to every bottle of wine he produces and as such his wines have a unique character, atypical for a region like Alentejo, due to their freshness and aging potential.
Quinta do Mouro was bought in 1979, when Miguel Louro was only 26 years old: and just like that a city dentist started a new journey by moving to the Alentejo region and embracing new agriculture experiences and adventures. In 1989 the planting of vines at Quinta do Mouro began, with the first six hectares planted around the house, in schist soils without irrigation. The debut of the Quinta do Mouro brand took place with a 1994 harvest, a serious, austere and long-lasting wine. In 1998, Casa dos Zagalos appeared, a wine with the same philosophy as Quinta do Mouro, however designed for a wider audience, followed in 2004 by Vinha do Mouro, an entry-level that was launched to meet market demands while maintaining the same quality standards. Along the years the range was enriched with several monovarietals, single vineyards, the iconic Gold Label, the subversive Erros and more recently atypical white wines with a special character.
Currently Quinta do Mouro has forty hectares of vines planted, mainly in schist soils, with a focus on Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah, as well as several white varieties such as Arinto, Alvarinho, Gouveio, Verdelho, Síria and Rabigato. The philosophy lies in the firm belief that it’s in the vineyard where everything begins, and in the cellar the artisanal and minimalist processes should respect that work of nature itself.
The knowledge of experience and the will to do better each time are reflected today in the final result of the wines, which are fresher, more elegant and longer-lasting than ever, unique in the Alentejo sea. They are certainly the result of the personality of the producer, of the attention, affection, energy and attachment with which they are treated on a day-to-day basis, in a life dedicated to the vine and the wine, with a lot of commitment to innovation and experimentation, each bottle marrying science and poetry and underlining the magnificent terroir of Estremoz.