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Salta Piscos

Red 2019


Maria Bernardo is in charge of Quinta do Vilar, which she visited with her father for the first time in the 1970s.
Even then, her little heart smiled.
It was love at first sight for the intimate morphology of the terrain, a closed valley overlooking the Douro river, and also with the wilder landscape, the forests bordering the vineyards, the vastness of trees and Mediterranean scrubland.
The family’s history changed in 2013, and it was then that Maria started dedicating herself fully to the Quinta.
A total reunion between land and woman, described by Maria as a journey of great intensity, learning, discoveries, challenges and passion.
It’s a place that starts with a privileged location but doesn’t stop there. The passion for preserving the nature of this land and honouring those who have worked it for years, transforming it into what now exists, makes this project unique.
An approach between vineyards, nature and art.
Another art is the art of hospitality, which includes a glass of port wine and a wide range of activities such as watching open-air cinema, picking mushrooms, feeding animals, listening to a piano concert in the vineyards, having a picnic, meditation or yoga.
The basic principles of this estate are to regenerate, honour and respect the whole ecosystem where it is located. You can find domestic and wild animals that have felt this space as their own and have returned in recent years. The donkeys are an example of current coexistence dating back to our history. That is the beauty of visiting Quinta do Vilar: being transported to a time which is not the present and where we are received with unique hospitality reinforced by the genuineness of other times.
As for this wine’s name, Salta Piscos is the name given to the stairs in the walls supporting the vineyard. They were manufactured by Galician and Douro workers, the first workers of this magnificent landscape.

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Wine made from grapes from a limited area of Quinta do Vilar, located on the left bank of the Douro River. The diversity of indigenous grape varieties in vines over 40 years of age are particularities that give this wine its uniqueness. The harvest was carried out manually, and the grape selection began in the vineyard. After being transported to the winery in small 20kg boxes, the grapes were destemmed and fermented for six days in a traditional granite press with foot treading. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, and part of the blend was then subject to a 1-year ageing period in French oak. Finally, it was lightly blended and bottled in April 2021.

Tasting Notes
Intense garnet colour with hints of violet. Aroma of very ripe red fruit, almost jam-like, which dances with wildflowers, cocoa and toasted vanilla. In the mouth, it is dense and robust, fresh, deep, complex and persistent, a panoply of flavours that reminds us of the unique terroir of this plot under the organic production method, in which biodiversity is the magic word.

May be served between 16°C and 18°C

Ready to be consumed.
Store horizontally in a cool, dry place.
It will evolve positively in the bottle over the next ten years.

Technical Information

ABV: 14%
pH: 3.65
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0.40 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.6 g/L
Total Sulphur Dioxide: 62 mg/L

Wine certified organic by the regulatory entity Sativa.
All the products used are of vegetable and mineral origin, therefore considered Vegan.


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