XPTO Factor: Nothing is flat at Romeu. Neither landscape nor clima, neither people… nor aromas!
The vineyards, the olive groves, the cork oak forest and two streams coexist at Romeu interlaced on their natural way, forming a living patchwork with many birds, squirrels, livestock or wild boars.
The wines naturally reflect all this. Although with the robust character from Douro, they show the elegance and freshness of this distinctive location. There is a great dedication to grape quality and, in the cellar, everything happens with a minimum of interference. Fermentations are spontaneous, the reds are ocurring in granite lagares, the quantities of sulphur used reduced and a considerable part of the oak used for ageing is used.
The farm has a larger area of wild cork forest spread over the NE region of Portugal, 120 ha of olive groves and 25 ha of vineyards, that are (literally) those found further north-east in the Douro demarcated region.
The average altitude of the vineyards is 320m above the sea level, with multiple sun exposures. Shale schist and quartz soils on the transition to granite. Dry climate, with both daily and yearly wide thermal variations.
The farming is organic since 1997. In fact, the entire estate is organic certified and in 2012 was converted to biodynamic. Nature got back to work.
Quinta do Romeu belongs to Menéres family, who got delighted with this region of Portugal in 1874. In the meanwhile, is in the 5th generation and has passed the establishment of the Portuguese Republic, two world wars, the revolution of 1974 and the European integration. Today acts in a global stage. They are persistent enough to stay in this isolated region of the country and had the audacity to preserve the mosaic of crops that exists there, which proved to be extremely valuable when was time to make a return to the origins and reset, as lately. Thus, being able to get free from the monotonous uniformity of many of the world’s wines.