|Lavradores de Feitoria|
Location: Vila Real, Douro
This group of passionate farmers have pooled resources to make some of the most characterful wines in the Douro, based on the wide variety of vineyards they possess across the region.Winemaker Paulo RuÃ£o has the challenge of harnessing all these variables to make truly authentic Douro wines from a winery rather ironically housed in the grounds of the Mateus Palace!
His Douro packs plenty of ripe herby fruit and a juicy rich palate to make it our most appealing red from this region. The TrÃªs Bagos Branco combines the discrete
smokey Viozinho grape with a dash of zingy Sauvignon.Meruge has softness and depth with fresh vibrant black fruit flavour with a cool hint of oak.
For older vintage information please contact us or consult the producerâ€™s website
Current Vintage: 2010
Mainly Barroca, Roriz (Tempranillo) and Franca, with a little time in 2nd and 3rd fill barriques. Brilliant value from the Douro, with generous and typical fruit character, and schist undertones, but at no time jammy or overbearing. A great way to introduce people to this region.
Douro Feitoria Branco
Current Vintage: 2011
Mostly Malvasia Fina, but with some other bits and bobs too (Viosinho, Rabigato, etc), Feitoria has the advantage over most other producers of having direct access to some top Douro white vineyards. The result is something we think appeals strongly to a more old-world, rather than new-world palate, with minerality and interest right to the bottom of the bottle.
"Much cooler tasting than most whites from Portugal's port country. A successful and distinctive blend of local grape varieties..."
- Jancis Robinson MW, Financial Times, Top 100 Festive Wines 2011 (on the 2010 vintage).
"The Douro's whites tend to be overshadowed by the reds, but they can be beguiling. This one ... is alive with the joys of Spring: a squeeze of citrus and some rich rounded apple fruit."
- Observer Food Monthly, David Williams, 22nd February 2012
Current Vintage: 2008
Feitoriaâ€™s blood brother of Charme, so trodden, with stems, from old vines. The result is poised, high toned Douro red, quite the opposite of the Douro blockbuster model. Mushroom and forest fruit on the nose, a super-fresh palate, and long finish. Very much Dirk Niepoort inspired red, from ancient mixed vines, trodden with stems, and fermented in lagares. If you thought the Douroâ€™s best wines were only ever a variation on the power game, this is quite the opposite, with a lofty and layered elegance. Douro for Pinot Noir fans