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Producer in a nutshell Quinta de Santiago is a family-owned farm spanning 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) along the banks of the Minho River in the Monção and Melgaço sub-region of Vinho Verde. It has been in the Santiago family since 1899. For about 100 years, Quinta de Santiago's main activity was the production of wines, olive oil, lupine, cereals, milk, meat, and fruit for self-consumption. Grapes grown in the vineyards were sold to large cooperatives in the region. This changed in 2009 and from the passion and determination of then owner, Grandma Mariazinha Santiago (aged 86), her children and grandchildren, a boutique winery was born.
Location Vinho Verde, Portugal
Variety 50% Loureiro + 50% Arinto
How are the grapes grown? 7.5h of vineyards 3-9 year old vines in clay soils at 70-100m. No herbicides, natural compost using vine by-products. Hand harvested. Along the northern border of Portugal and Spain, Quinta de Santiago is uniquely positioned to benefit from an ideal microclimate for growing Alvarinho, Loureiro, and numerous red grapes indigenous to this area ” (Three Mountains), on the first hills of Imola, at an altitude of about 100 metres above sea level.
How is the wine made? Destemmed, gentle pressing, with selected yeasts. Cold settling for 48hrs. Cool stainless steel fermentation. Cross-flow filtration, vegan fining. Aged in stainless steel vats for 8 months.