The pretty hilltop property sits on the right bank of the Douro mid-way between Regua and Pinhao, with a commanding and unobstructed view of the river. It goes back a long way. The Romans had a fort here and the estate has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century.
One sunny day last June we went to Quitna do Crasto for lunch. The pickup from Quinta Nova didn’t have to go far. It drove us down to the little railway station at Ferrao near the river and then uphill to the white clad, flower decked villa.
The view of the Douro valley from Quinta do Crasto is stunning and so is the infinity pool.
There was a quick tour of the winery before lunch. Quinta do Crasto is a 130-hectare estate with 70 hectares of vineyards and produces 1,400,000 bottles of Douro and Port wines and extra virgin olive oils. The earliest records mentioning Quinta do Crasto and its wine production date back to 1615. Between 1758 and 1761, the Marquis of Pombal who was the Secretary of the State of Internal Affairs of the Kingdom in the government of Joseph 1 of Portugal from 1750 to 1777, ordered the installation of 335 granite markers – each standing two metres high and 30 x 20 centimetres – to delineate the first ever Demarcated Region in the world. One of these stone pillars, or “marcos pombalinos” in Portuguese, can still be seen today at the Quinta do Crasto near the century-old farm house.
Lunch was on the terrace. Cold meats and salads were followed by the best baclau I have had for a long time. We drank Crasto White 2015 – a blend of Gouveio, Viosinho and Rabigato, crisp, dry and most appealing (16), Crasto Red 2014 – unoaked Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca (16), Crasto Superior 2014 – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Souzão from Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior sub-region, aged in French oak for 12 months (16.5), and fabulous Crasto Old Vine Reserva 2013 (17.5). Quinta do Crasto has 40 hectares of Old vines where 30 to 40 different grape varieties are planted together in 42 vineyard lots. This wine was aged for 18 months in French and Amerivan oak barrels.
Quinta do Crasto is a pretty place. The staff are friendly and welcoming, wines are excellent and food served is superb. Any visit to the Douro Valley would be incomplete without a visit, tasting and a lunch here.
- “Thanks for your kind words and sharing this info.” – Quinta do Crasto, 22 August 2016
- “Looks wonderful. On our way to Athens” – Pat & John Shore
- Crasto Branco 2015 Douro – Julia harding MW
Our visit was arranged by Mafalda Nicolau de Almeida of Miles Away
Quinta do Crasto UK agents are Enotria&Co.