TERROIR
Terroir is a difficult to explain notion, but it has enduring features. Terroir, to us, starts in the altitude of our vineyards and the wine cellar.

Terroir is a difficult to explain notion, but it has enduring features. Terroir, to us, starts in the altitude of our vineyards and the wine cellar.

Vineyards start at 450 mt and reach 600 mt height. Here we have one of the coldest temperatures in the country (-5ºC to -10ºC minimum in the Winter) and one of the most aggressive annual and daily thermic amplitude. That alone determines a slow grape maturation, slow ripening, yet preserving the grapes’ natural acidity, which defines our wines.

If many of our soils are schist, the white varieties planted in granitic gravel, duly drained, are key to producing white wines of great purity and balance. Unusual in the Douro, granite reflects the sunlight and ensures a slow, well-balanced grape maturation.

There is an old discussion about whether the concept of terroir should include Man’s intervention or only natural parameters. At Conceito we see Man as part of Nature, not as an external observer. Thus, our terroir exists thanks to men and women that have built it one day. We respect that definition so much we have already planted vineyards that follow those old principles: low vine training; mixed varieties, each chosen for its own soil; land slope and sun exposure. Thus, our followers will, one day, have great wines from old vines and not only aged vines.

In it all, winemaking combines with viticulture and jointly determines when to prune, the load, treatments (or its omission) and harvesting date. At the end we have wines that are smooth, fresh (from its natural acidity), have gentle tannins and fruit that is restrained and rich, at times.

Every time we open a bottle we celebrate the profound respect for Nature, toasting with wines that mirror our land and we proudly wish to show the world.

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VITICULTURE
Conceito owns 86 hectares of vineyards. They are all organically managed; with no use of pesticides our herbicides.

Conceito owns 86 hectares of vineyards. They are all organically managed; with no use of pesticides our herbicides.

Old vineyards sum up to 22 hectares. They are in schist soils at 450 mt altitude, planted with mixed red varieties, low training and reduced guyot. Vine training method is Gobelet, to ensure a good longevity of the plants and allow it to preserve the vineyard and guarantee permanence and coherence of our wines’ style. Amongst tenths of varieties, there’s a special focus on Touriga Franca, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional.

Next in age we have 26 hectares of vineyards with about 50 years old.

This is a more organized crop and blocks, at 450 metres, order it. We have Touriga Franca, Bastardo, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, in schist soils, with relatively low training, to allow good and balanced maturations.

Old vineyards of white grapes have Rabigato but also other traditional Douro varieties, such as, Síria, Gouveio, Boal, Donzelinho Branco and Folgasão, amongst other. They are in granitic soils at about 600 metres, have very low yields and are touchingly fascinating.

In 2007 we planted the highest vineyards at 600 metres in very well drained soils of granitic sand, in an area of the Plateau close to Sebadelhe. The grape varieties are Códega do Larinho, Alvarinho, Arinto, Síria and a little of Grüner Veltliner.

It’s 4 hectares of Douro varieties and only half hectar of Grüner, which is entirely used for Conceito Sparkling Brut Nature. Vine training is in Unilateral Royat, short pruning and wide sun exposure to ensure very sane grapes, concentrated and balanced in acidity.

In 2012 we planted 3.5 hectares of Rabigato at 450 metres, in schist soils in Veiga, on a slope turned to Teja. We also planted 1 hectare of several red varieties (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Francisca, Baga and Sousão). The results were so fascinating we have decided to plant 8 more hectares of red varieties (Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Francisca, Baga, Sousão, Tinta Miúda, Donzelinho Tinto, Tinta Barroca, Tinta da Barca, Português Azul, Tinta Amarela and Rufete). This time we chose a specific location for each grape to optimize its characteristics. Slope, depth of the soils, humidity, sun exposure, etc. was all considered to find the perfect match. The idea was to respect old vineyards that were planted with similar principles to these. Thus, the goal was to leave old vineyards in the legacy, not only aged vineyards.

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VINEYARDS
Our vineyards are located in Teja Valley, one dos the coldest Douro microclimates. 86 hectares divided between 5 different Quintas (Estates). We started to source in 1940, while planting and restructuring were going on.

Our vineyards are located in Teja Valley, one dos the coldest Douro microclimates. 86 hectares divided between 5 different Quintas (Estates). We started to source in 1940, while planting and restructuring were going on.

QUINTA DO MENIR

Hectares: 10.

Soils: granite.

Altitude: 600 mt.

Exposure: Plateau.

White varieties: Códega, Códega do Larinho, Alvarinho, Arinto.

Red varieties: Touriga Nacional.

QUINTA DO CHÃO DO PEREIRO

Hectares: 19.

Soils: schist

Altitude: 450 mt

Exposure: Plateau, East and North.

Red varieties: Bastardo, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz.

QUINTA DO CABIDO

Hectares. 7.

Soils: schist

Altitude: 450 mt

Exposure: North and West.

Red varieties: Touriga Nacional.

 

QUINTA VALE DE CAVALOS

Hectares: 21.

Soils: schist

Altitude: 450 mt

Exposure: South, East and West.

Red varieties: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional.

Mixed Red varieties: Touriga Franca, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Barroca, Baga, Touriga Nacional, etc.

QUINTA DA VEIGA

Hectares: 29.

Solos: schist

Altitude: 450 mt

Exposure: Plateau, West and East

Red varieties: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz.

Mixed Red varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Francisca, Baga, Sousão, Tinta Miúda, Donzelinho Tinto, Tinta Barroca, Tinta da Barca, Português Azul, Tinta Amarela e Rufete.

Uvas brancas: Rabigato, Boal.

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