Our World: Tras-os-Montes, an untapped "Old World"

Portugal may be a European country unknown to many, but its northeastern region of Trás-os-Montes is even more so, even to Portuguese wine lovers. An untaped land north of the Douro, sheltered by a chain of mountains ("Trás-os-Montes" in Portuguese means "behind the mountains"),  this is a land of ancient Celtic roots. A mountainous terroir of mostly granitic soils, facing extreme temperatures in summer and in winter. There, in the region of Chaves, one hour from Porto, stands the village of Loivos, a famed land of fine wines and quality olive oil.

A difficult vineyard, 500m high

Penada's name, which in Portuguese means "winning in a breath", is the name of the hill that rises 500m high above the valley and the village of Loivos. Here stand our vineyards. Planted in "geios", the traditional terraced plantation system, similar to that of famed Douro vineyards. The location implies hard and risky work in the vineyard, but benefits from an excellent sun exposure.

Just traditional Portuguese grape varieties

We believe in the cliché that great wines begin in the vineyard. The vineyard is what makes a wine truly unique. In our vineyards there are no "foreign" grapes, only authentic Portuguese grape varieties, proven in the region. Since 2011 we planted 21,000 vines in a search for the uthmost authenticity. Mostly from local well adapted red vine varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão. White grape varieties are Fernão Pires, Malvasia Fina and Moscatel.

But we also believe that it is with great dedication and attention to detail in the winery that great wines are made.

Touriga Nacional

The flagship grape of Portugal, a noble red variety greatly appreciated in all regions. Its thick colored skin originates intense and deep colors.  Rich primary aromas are the hallmark of this variety, both floral and fruity, always intense and explosive. Delivering low yields, it produces balanced wines with excellent aging potential.

Touriga Franca

The most planted variety in the Douro region, one of the pillars of Port Wines. Its popularity is based on its versatility, productivity, balance and yield regularity. Its high concentration of tannins contributes to good aging potential. Offers abundant fruit, providing elegant dense body wines with firm structure. Know for its floral notes of rose, wild flowers, blueberries and cistus, regularly being associated with Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional varieties.

Tinta Roriz

It is the Iberian variety par excellence,  known as Tempranillo in Spain and Aragonês in the Alentejo. It is an early bloomer, very vigorous and productive, adaptable to different climates and soils. If well controlled, it produces wines that combine elegance and robustness, abundant fruit and spices, with a deep and lively profile. It's a blend variety, which benefits when mixed with Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca in the Douro.

Tinta Amarela

A difficult red grape variety, especially vigorous, but requiring extreme care. Known as Trincadeira in Alentejo. Delivers high but irregular yields. It is characterized by very compact medium bunches, being extremely sensitive to disease and rot. The wines tend to be floral, more vegetal if less matured, rich in color, with conditions to age well in the bottle.