Morgado do Quintao Palhete Rose

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Crato Branco / Nerga Mole

Algarve, Portugal

Morgado do Quintão, owned by Filipe Caldas de Vasconcellos, 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 his mother’s family for generations. Recognizing the potential of these old vines, Filipe recruited winemaker Joana Maçanita for her viticulture insight and the minimal interventionalist approach to winemaking that matches the Vasconcellos family’s 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 and Tinto Negra Mole.

Morgado do Quintão Palhete was originally reserved for family and friends of the winery, but now we can all experience a rare example of a co-ferment of the 2 oldest native grape varieties in Portugal: Negra Mole and Crato Branco. 

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