Quinta do Crasto

By Rui Falcão*

Quinta do Crasto began to make wine in Quinta_do_Crasto.jpeg1994, however they were initially prevented from selling their wine within Portugaldue to a dispute over their name with another domestic producer. This was later resolved as the other domestic producer lost interest in the brand.

During the early years, Quinta do Crasto sold its wines exclusively to Britian making it the only market to enjoy these wines for four or five years.  The Roquette family has turned Quinta do Crasto from a winery that simply sold grapes and Port to established brands into one of the most recognised names in Potugal’s wine industry.

Situated in an area with fantastic nature and an incredible amount of old vines, the family enjoys producing wines such as Maria Teresa and Vinha da Ponte – wines made from mixed old vines that are over 100 years old.  In 2009, their Reserva Vinhas Velhas was recognised as the third best wine in the world by Wine Spectator magazine







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