Álvaro de Castro

By Rui Falcão*

lvaro_Castro.jpegThe wine world would be a very different place without Álvaro de Castro. Portuguese wines would be much more predictable and the Dão region would be missing a leading personality.

Irrespective of the fact that de Castro’s family has owned its property there since the 16thcentury, there is no trace of arrogance in de Castro’s attitude. On the contrary, his sincerity is astounding and his simplicity a trace of his distinctive character, which has turned legendary because of his wines and his amazing life stories.

Far from following trends or others,Álvaro de Castro makes wines in his own, sometimes unconventional, way – following his instinct and individual understanding of the world.

Wines made from local grapes - worked in the cellar in an almost chaotic way - turn out to be some of the greatest wines produced from the Dão.

Using fermentation processes not always easy to understand, and beneath a cover of alleged disorganization, lies a determined and coherent man - a great ambassador of the Dão region and one of the most prominent personalities of the Portuguese wine world.




* Rui Falcão is a renowned Portuguese wine journalist, author and wine educator.  He is also a judge at several international wine competitions.