Quinta do Monte d’Oiro
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2 highlighted wines
- Quinta do Monte d’Oiro Reserva Red Wine
- Quinta do Monte d’Oiro White wine organic
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About Quinta do Monte d’Oiro
QUINTA DO MONTE D’OIRO
Quinta do Monte d’Oiro (‘Hill of Gold Estate’) is located in the Lisbon wine region, 50 km north of the Portuguese capital, nestled between the Montejunto mountains and 20 kilometres from the Atlantic ocean.
The terroir is a combination of limestone and clay soil, with a Mediterranean micro-climate, Atlantic freshness and continual windy conditions (similar to the Rhône’s Mistral), enabling slow ripening, natural acidity, moderate alcohol level and smooth tannins.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION PHILOSOPHY
With viticulture based on plot management, the vineyard comprises 10 distinctive plots of Syrah with varying characteristics. Plot No. 24, for example, was planted with old vines (more than 60 years old) from some of the most renown terroirs of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.
The winemaking team is led by Graça Gonçalves and since 2006 has also benefited from the consultancy and expertise of Grégory Viennois, former chief winemaker of Maison M. Chapoutier and presently the technical director of Laroche Wines. Grégory’s participation in the project is crucial for the definition of the winegrowing philosophy:
The vineyard is 100% organic (PT-BIO-08), with respect for the whole environment and biodiversity, focussing on alive soils and very low production yields (3 to 5 tons/ha).
Quinta do Monte d’Oiro is known for its Syrah and Viognier. Nevertheless, the terroir also produces beautiful Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Touriga Nacional, as well as Arinto and Marsanne for the whites.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
An avid fan of the wines from Côtes du Rhône and passionate about food & wine, José Bento dos Santos was the president of the International Academy of Gastronomy and is member of Les Psychologies du Goût. The wines he produces are, without doubt, designed to be elegant and gastronomic. Since 2012, José has begun to hand over the winery to the next generation, with his son Francisco taking the management lead of the winery.