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.

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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