Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro.
Region: Douro, Portugal
Year Founded: 1615
Proprietors: Jorge and Leonor Roquette
Winemaker: Dominic Morris, Manuel Lobo, Tomás Roquette
Size of property: 150 hectares (371 acres)
Amount of Property Planted: 70 hectares (173 acres)
Terroir: Located in the heart of the Cima Corgo, midway between Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto is officially classified as an ‘A’ grade vineyard property. The estate is predominantly south-facing slopes extending from the banks of the Douro river up to an altitude of nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet). Vineyards are mostly planted on terraces carved from the schist, the characteristic slate-like bedrock of the Douro. The Quinta combines state-of-the-art vinification technology with traditional foot treading method, accomplished in granite tanks called lagares.
Annual Production: 68.000 cases (Port and Douro wines)/816,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Francisca, Sousão, Rufete, Arinto, Rabigato and another 40 different varieties planted from old vines.
Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications: Vinha Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte soon to be declared organic.