Morgado do Quintao Castelao
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Morgado do Quintão is an historic estate with thousand-year-old trees in DOC Lagoa located in Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal. The property encompasses 60 hectares of vineyards which have been in winery owner Filipe Vasconcellos’s mother’s family for generations. Recognizing the potential of these old vines, Filipe recruited winemaker Joana Maçanita for her expertise with old vines, and her minimal interventionalist approach to winemaking that matches the Vasconcellos family’s farming philosophy. Joana Maçanita, born in Lisbon with family from Algarve, Azores and Alentejo, brings not only engineering and agronomy degrees but also an extensive knowledge of Portugal’s terroir and a commitment to the same mission as Filipe: to show the potential of indigenous grape varieties Crato Branco, Tinto Negra Mole and Castelão
This is a rare, monovarietal Castelão wine; perhaps the only one made in the Algarve. The label changes with every new vintage, displaying works done by curated Portuguese artists, including the family matriarch, Teresa Vasconcellos.