Casa de Vilacetinho

Located in Alpendurada and overlooking the Douro River, Casa de Vilacetinho is an ancient estate dating back to its beginning as a medieval monastery. The grape varieties Arinto, Avesso, Azal and Loureiro are grown on the property’s 75 acres of vineyards, and the latest technology is used in harmony with traditional techniques to produce Casa de Vilacetinho wines. These wines are youthful, fresh and fruity, sharing many characteristics with the wines of Champagne due to a similar terroir of cool weather and granitic soils. The wines have been served at many prestigious events, including a banquet for Queen Elizabeth II of England’s visit to Lisbon in 1957, and have won many awards, including a Grand Gold Medal at the 2013 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

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Website: http://www.casadevilacetinho.pt/ENG/index.php

Quinta da Raza

A family-run winery in Celorico de Basto in Vinho Verde, Quinta da Raza has been owned and operated by the Teixeira Coelho family since the seventeenth century. The vineyards benefit from unique soils—granitic with areas of schist and clay—and a sunny microclimate created by a north-south river valley that protects the vines from the cold, rainy influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Native Portuguese grapes like Azal, Arinto and Padeiro thrive in these conditions, creating beautifully crisp and balanced wines. Red, white and rosé variations of these wines are found throughout the U.S., and are worth seeking out for a mid-winter meal pairing or evening with friends.

Website: http://www.quintadaraza.pt/en/