The vineyards

Brief history

The vineyards of Vinha de Reis have been owned by the family with the same name for at least four generations. Located in the Portuguese wine-growing region of Dão, sub-region of Silgueiros, it includes 7 plots of vines in a total area of 15 hectares, in the geographical position (40⁰35’56 “N; 7⁰55’32 “O), 440 m above sea level, overlooking the river that gives its name to the region.

The largest and most significant of these is Quinta de Reis, situated in the peculiar terroir of the village of Oliveira de Barreiros, from where we can see the rustic landscape of the Serra da Estrela. The vineyards are planted in a Royat and Guyot cordon, in a north-south orientation and are planted with the Touriga-Nacional, Tinta-Roriz, Jaen and Alfrocheiro varieties for red wine and Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina and Bical for white wine. They are planted according to the best viticultural techniques and centenary experience. Viticulture is carried out with the latest standards of technical requirements and respect for nature; pruning, fruit weeding and harvesting are done manually.

The current owner, Jorge Reis, who practiced Gynaecology-Obstetrics and was the director of the Hospital São Teotónio-Viseu until 2002, decided to dedicate himself full time to viticulture and oenology since his retirement. To do so, he did specific studies at the Escola Superior Agrária de Viseu and obtained his diploma.

In 2003 he proceeded with the rehabilitation of the old wine cellar (1924) of the Quinta, equipping it with the most modern oenological technology. His effort, knowledge and sensitivity were recognised in 2006 with the winning of the award “Best Dão Wine”.

Quinta de Reis produces the label VINHA DE REIS, HOMEM BOM and in exceptional years the WINE NOTE.

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