Casa do Valle

Vinho Verde, Portugal

Casa do Valle is located near the legendary Cavez Bridge, a place often mentioned in the work of the famous Portuguese 19th-century writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The 55 acre estate spreads out across the hillsides of the Tâmega River and is well protected by the surrounding mountain ranges of Barroso and Alvao in the Basto sub-region. The excellent exposure of the vines at this estate along with rigorous selection in the vineyards and careful winemaking processes gives rise to wines of world-renowned quality. Casa do Valle is the name of the manor house of the estate, which produces the Vinho Verde of the same name. Owned by the Sousa Botelho family, winemaking here dates back to the 18th century and features a mix of the ancient enforcado (tree-trained vines) and ramada (trellis) training systems for the red grapes and the modern single-wire training system for the white grapes. The main noble grape varieties used for the white wines are the Alvarinho, Arinto, Azal and Loureiro. For red and rosé wines the grape varieties are Vinhao, the predominant red-grape variety of the Vinho Verde Region, Rabo de Ovelha, and Touriga Nacional. Casa do Valle is one of the largest production Quintas in the Vinho Verde Region and uses only grapes grown on the estate.