Based in the land of Baião, the estate was first established in 1991 with a family property called Casa do Arrabalde that has been in the family for six generations. The estate now spans a total of three parcels to include Quinta dos Espinhosos and Quinta de Santa Teresa. Their parcels are of low-to-moderate production in predominantly granitic soils and the estate is committed to expressing the character of the land, vineyards and varietals through not only regenerating the land through sustainable and integrated methods, but also the local community by recruiting and training local employees.
Never using herbicides or synthetic products, they have a minimal interventionist wine making philosophy so that now, in 2019, they are certified organic.
Quinta de Santa Teresa is located on the boarder of Vinho Verde and the Douro, with arranged terraces separated by granite walls. This makes it the perfect environment for Avesso, a varietal of remarkable acidity with conditions to ripen fully and reveal its true aging potential.
From 20 year old vines planted to granite and schist soils around 230m high. Hand-harvested in mid-September, sorted, de-stemmed and allowed to macerate for four hours before spontaneous fermentation begins in stainless steel lasting for 28 days under temperature control. The wine spends a total of nine months on lees and is aged in stainless steel for seven months. Unfiltered.