Quinta do Infantado has been owned by the Roseira family for well over a century and has long been known for bottling its production on the estate, rather than shipping the wine in bulk down the Douro River. The name ‘Infantado’ derives from ‘Infante’ (the Portuguese for Prince) and it was the Portuguese royal family who first built the winery in 1816.
All the Infantado vineyards have achieved the highest ‘A’ Grade status (the equivalent of Grand Cru status in the DOC regulation) and the poor schist soils impart excellent concentration and flavour to the grapes. The grapes for the Douro Red are grown in the Cima Corgo vineyards of Vale de Moinhos, Serra Douro and Serra de Cotas which are situated from 280-300 m. above sea level and cover 10 ha in total.
Tinto is always a field blend as the different grape varieties are interplanted in these vineyards. Finesse, concentration and traditional production are main hallmarks of the Quinta do Infantado style. The wine is a terroir-driven, dry red with fresh, vibrant fruit. A hint of cloves on the nose is quickly followed by dark berry, ripe cherry, fresh cut tobacco, dried tea leaves, and thoughtfully placed wild strawberry.