Passion

At Quinta do Casal Monteiro we are passionate about the art of winemaking, excelling to take special care, love and attention into every step of the vinification process.

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The Terroir

We take our role as custodians of the land very seriously, as such we adopt traditional viticulture methods allied with ecological integrated management practice to sustain our vines.

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The Wines

Made exclusively from Estate-grown grapes, for each brand, a different purpose and an appropriate blend, nonetheless the philosophy remains the same: The best quality possible in each segment.

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Our Varietals

Our vineyard comprises 15 different grape varieties. Some of them are Portuguese indigenous varieties that have been traditionally cultivated in our Region complemented by other well known Portuguese and French varieties that have adapted extremely well to our Estate vineyard.

Listed by type, we have:
- White: Fernão Pires, Arinto, Trincadeira das Pratas e Chardonnay.
- Red: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah e Pinot Noir.

We herein include a detailed description of the characteristics of each resulting varietal that relates specifically to the grapes originated from our Estate vineyard.

Arinto

A Portuguese indigenous grape variety. It is our primary choice to be included in the blending of white wines conferring freshness, crispness and a superb acidity. The aromas are of green apple, lime and lemon.

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Chardonnay

Originated in the French region of Burgundy this grape variety is very versatile and is widely cultivated all over the world.

It has adapted well to our Terroir giving good structured wines with hints of floral, apple, pineapple, peach and honey. It is blended with Arinto to make our Classical Chardonnay & Arinto white wine.

Fernão Pires

Fernão Pires is the white grape variety with greatest tradition and probably the most grown in the Tejo region. The vinification of this variety results in a citrous and tropical fruit aroma varietal with hints of orange confit.

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Trincadeira das Pratas

This is an early ripening grape which is hardworking to manage due to its natural tendency of obtain yields above our quality standard . Its vinification results in a mineral wine with hints of aromatic herbs and tropical fruit aroma.

Alicante Bouschet

First planted 1866 by Henry Bouschet in France it's a cross between Petit Bouschet and Grenache. It has been adopted by Portuguese producers since the beginning of the last century and It's well known for its ability to produce well tainted varietals. Our vinifications usually present hints of blackberries, cherry and chocolate. This grape variety is an invaluable complement to our red blends.

Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely cultivated red grape variety in the world. Originated in France, this unique grape has a tremendous resistance to unfavourable weather conditions and therefore has adapted very well to very different Terroirs. Our Estate vineyard is no exception and the resulting varietals invariably have great body and good soft tannins with hints of spice and black currant.

Merlot

This thick-skinned grape variety cultivated in the Bordeaux region with great results, has adapted extremely well to our Estate vineyard. The varietals are unique and very close to what would be expected in a perfect wine: unparalleled structure, balanced acidity, correct tannins, strong colour, great body with hints of plums, blackberries and spice.

Pinot Noir

This thin-skinned very sensitive grape variety is cultivated mostly in cooler regions and it's one of the most difficult to manage during the maturation period. A successful vinification of this varietal presents good structure with hints of fresh strawberry, raspberry and violets.

Syrah

Yet another French grape variety cultivated in our Estate vineyard. Very often used in New World countries to make varietals, like the Shiraz in Australia, we use as a base component in our blends. Our Syrah varietals assume a "ready to drink" profile ahead of all the other red varietals. The varietal presents good body and hints of black currant, red berries and tobacco.

Tinta Roriz

Also know as Aragonez in the South of Portugal or Temperanillo in Spain this eraly-rippening grape variety has adapted well throughout the various Terroirs in our country. The varietals are usually of moderate acidity and quite exuberant in the aromas with hints of raspberry, gooseberry and spice.

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Touriga Franca

Touriga Franca is a Portuguese grape variety and very often used in the making of Port Wine. Our varietal presents smooth tannins with hints of blackberry and floral.

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Touriga Nacional

The most well known Portuguese grape variety in the world. Originated in the Douro and Dão wine regions it has adapted in other Portuguese regions with great success. The varietals in our Estate are aromatically quite exuberant with hints of floral (violets) and red berries.

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