This is the second wine of the Quinta do Vale Meao estate. Its flagship wine is consistently highly regarded and is regularly critically acclaimed. This Douro estate also makes this less expensive, dry red wine. Like the first wine, it is also a blend of grape varieties that have traditionally been used for Port. Flavours of spicy ripe black fruits and plums intermingle with elegant, fine-grained minerally tannins underlain by notes of hot pebbles and hints of herby leafiness.
Trodden in granite lagares, but then transferred to stainless steel for vinification, by individual variety, before ageing in 2nd and 3rd year barriques for 14 months.
All the way to the east, in the Upper Douro right up against the Spanish border, lies the Quinta do Vale Meao, which Francisco (Vito) Olazabal directs, along with his son Xito (oenology) and his daughter Luisa (sales). Vale Meao was the last great project of Dona Antonia. She acquired this land from the insolvent municipality, and was able helped by thousands of guest-workers from Spain to construct a very respectable wine estate in the shortest imaginable amount of time. People thought that this was an indication that she'd become old and daft, but it turned out to be the sign of great entrepreneurial perspicacity when the railroad to Pocinho was built, and Meao then had by means of this made-to-measure logistical solution the ideal means of transport at their disposal. Since 1999, Vito and his children have developed the Quinta do Vale Meao into a leading estate, not just in the Douro, but in all of Portugal.
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