Quinta do Crasto is a widely admired wine farm (quinta) on the north bank of the Douro just south of the town of Pinhão that has been extensively renovated by the Roquette family. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the Roquette family for over a century.
Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times (the name Crasto comes from the Latin word castrum, a Roman fort). References to Quinta do Crasto date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the world’s first demarcated wine region in 1756 . The estate is run by the dynamic tirumvirate of Miquel, Rita and tomas Roquette. They form part of a new breed of winemakers from the region known as 'The Duoro Boys' (girls allowed!), who are promoting their beloved wine region with an almost missionary zeal.
Miquel explains that he remembers his grandfather giving him sips of port as a babe-in -arms, and he describes his feelings thus: "we are so passionate about this place and try to put this heartfelt sentiment into every bottle of wine we make. It's not just about drinking the wine, I want you to drink the tradition, the earth, ferocious sun and freezing winters - this is what great wine should be"
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