Whilst an old estate with a consequentially long history, Quinta da Romaneira only really becomes of note when new purchasers of the estate placed it under the management of Christian Seely and Antonio Agrellas who had worked such wonders at Quinta do Noval. Since then the vineyards have been overhauled, the best old vines have been retained in tandem with a replanting programme for the rest of the vineyard.
In the words of Christian Seely, “our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful place among the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley.”
These wines are certainly starting to get some attention with the Reserva reviewed on Saturday in The Telegraph by Victoria Moore:
‘Romaneira is a huge estate in the port-making Douro valley that, unusually, specialises in red wine, with just a third of its production devoted to fortified. It’s run by a friend of wine, and I love the wild, herbal notes in the wine, which is like a savage sort of claret, so a natural choice for my first post-birth glass of red.’ Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (May 2016)
Grapes: Touriga, Nacional
Origin: Portugal,Douro Classification: Reserva
75cl bottles £ 36.95 Case price £ 33.50*
– Very limited quantities –
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This is the top wine from the estate which produces two more excellent wines with gentler price tags – see the full selection on our website here.