This wine is produced in my winery in Sar Joao da Pesqueira, from a selection of grapes from the best vineyards in the Upper Douro. Castello d’Alba was the first wine I launched— in 2000—and I have always wanted it to reflect my experiences and my vision of a new Douro, putting together cutting edge winemaking with native grape varieties, creating its own modern and innovative style.
Castello d’Alba emerges from the new wave that has transformed our region forever—at least as we knew it. Today, it is one of Douro’s leading brands, and is featured in the best restaurants and hotels.
This wild and beautiful part of northern Portugal offers extraordinarily good conditions for wine grapes on the steeply shelved slopes of the River Douro, hill after hill stretching off to the horizon with narrow roads winding around their contours. Here, the vine terraces bask in the sun that provides ideal climatic conditions, heating the pure schist and granite soil that is typical within this region. Life is not so easy for Douro winegrowers though; the vine roots are forced down between layers of rock seeking out the limited water, while schist absorbs and then radiates heat. For centuries, Douro growers have been supplying an eager world with Port. Now wine experts the world over recognize that the Douro region also offers ideal conditions for making unfortified wines of the highest quality, both red and white. Producers here are crafting stunning and highly distinctive wines that rank amongst Portugal’s most intense and complex.