AN OUTSTANDING TERROIR IN THE DOURO VALLEY
The Douro valley is a unique location with steep slopes and deep valleys. Here, the countryside is composed of cultivated slopes where wine growing plays a prominent role. Cultivated on uninterrupted terraces and supported by low walls, the vineyards carve the landscape to perfection.
The geological formations consist mainly of schist and granitic intrusions. The roots of the vines slip deep down into the vertical cracks in the schist and are thus able to absorb the amount of water needed to withstand Portugal’s hot, dry summers.
THE BEST KNOWN PORTUGUESE RED GRAPE VARIETY
The Douro wine-growing region boasts a wide diversity of local grape varieties. Portugal’s best red variety, the Touriga Nacional delivers an excellent bouquet combining blackberry and elderberry and imbues the wine with complexity and elegance. The Touriga Franca lends the wine its fragrant character and persistent fruitiness, whilst the Tinta Roriz brings original aromas.
The hand-harvested grapes of the wines of the project Roquette & Cazes come from vines located in the subregions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Vines are planted in Douro’s traditional terraces (socalcos and patamares).