PASSION FOR DOURO
Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto dates back to ancient times – the name ‘Crasto’ is derived from the Latin word ’castrum‘, which means ‘Roman fort’. The first known references to Quinta do Crasto can be traced back to 1615, long before the Douro became the world’s first Demarcated Wine Region in 1756. In the early 1900s, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, the founder of the famous Constantino Port house. In 1981, his granddaughter, Leonor Roquette, and her husband Jorge Roquette assumed majority ownership and management of the estate. Together with their sons, Miguel and Tomás, they began the process of remodeling and expanding the vineyards and facilities to start the production of top quality Port and Douro wines.
Located in the heart of the Cima Corgo, Quinta do Crasto is officially classified as an ‘A’ grade vineyard property. The estate covers 135 hectares (335 acres) of predominantly southern-facing slopes, extending from the banks of the river up to an altitude of nearly 600 meters. Seventy-five hectares of vineyards are planted primarily on terraces carved from schist, the characteristic slate-like bedrock of the Douro that allows vine roots to penetrate deep into the ground in search of water. With growing global interest in Douro wines and indigenous Portuguese varieties, the Roquette family has continued to invest further in the Douro with their new vineyard of 150 hectares (371 acres) located in the Upper Douro (also known as the ‘Douro Superior’).
Vineyard mapping, DNA-matched replanting, a new state of the art wine cellar and centuries of tradition mean that no detail in the winemaking and vineyard management is overlooked. This meticulous dedication, as well as the energy of the Roquette family in preserving their family heritage and extending their generous hospitality, has allowed Quinta do Crasto to reclaim its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro region.