THE CASA LEAL WINE SELECTION
Specialists in premium Portuguese wines. It selects and promotes wines from all wine-producing regions of Portugal, constantly in search of novel, exciting wines, from both young and established wine makers. We believe that the combination of unique grapes and climate makes Portuguese wines seductively original, with an exceptional selling potential
The cold climate of this lush region produces wines that capture the complete expression of the fruit, with natural fresh acidity and low alcohol, yet full of vibrancy
Vinho Verde Region is located in the very North West Portugal. The name can be translated to “green wine” not because of it’s colour (pale watery colour) but because the grapes are harvest unripe and green. The resulting wines are low in alcohol, light and body and with a very refreshing acidity.
The Quinta das Arcas vineyard has 30ha of 25 years old vines of Loureiro, Trajadura and Pedernã grapes. Under the influence of a very particular microclimate, full flavoured wines are made using the most recent technology.
With four centuries of making wine, the Quinta de Paços wines are recorded in history, in 1876 in Philadelphia for the USA Century Celebration the wines were described with very good flavours are aromas.
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Tucked away from the strong winds of the Atlantic, indigenous grapes grow side by side to French grape varieties creating elegant, long lived complex wines
The Companhia do Sanguinhal was born in 1920 and produces wines from three different properties: Quinta do Sanguinhal, Quinta das Cerejeiras and Quinta de S. Francisco. All together are 85ha of vineyards managed by the Pereira da Fonseca family.
The Setúbal Peninsula lies south of Lisbon, and linked to Lisbon by two bridges. The Region has two DOCs, Setúbal and Palmela: Setúbal produces the sweet and fortified Moscatel de Setúbal while Palmela produces mostly red wine mostly from the Castelão grape.
Herdade do Portocarro’s philosophy is to craft wines of indisputable quality. The 18ha vineyard benefits from a unique climate, as it is affected by the Atlantic breezes and the heat from the Alentejo plains. Its owner and winemaker, José da Mota Capitão, inspired by the principles of biodynamic viticulture, is recovering extinct indigenous grapes as well as experimenting with the classic Portuguese varieties, producing wines of outstanding character, balance and grace.
Nominated in 2015 and awarded in 2016 “Portuguese Wine Producer of the Year” by the highly respected Portuguese wine magazine “Wine - Essencia do Vinho”, Herdade do Porto carro winery is always rated among the top wine producers in Portugal.
Douro is a magical wine region designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its history and for being one of the first DO wine regions in the world. With stunning man-made stone-walled vine terraces, the region has grown to broader modern terraces following the River Douro from the Spanish border to the Mesão Frio.
A mountainous and rocky region, the vineyards grow on poor and schistous soils on steep slopes protected by the Atlantic Ocean by the Serra do Marão; the rain is scarce here and almost desert-like by the Spanish border.
The main grapes used are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão on the red grapes and for the whites, the Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Moscatel, Rabigato and Gouveio.
Our Producer Quevedo has a long and rich history of growing grapes and making Port wine that goes back to 1889. His philosophy is to produce good grapes and is expanding the culture to organic in some of his five Quintas. Quevedo grapes origin from different locations, at different altitudes and plants a large array of grapes to produce Port wines and table wines.
Casa de Santa Eufêmia is a Port House founded in 1894. Located on the left bank of the Douro, Santa Eufemia is now run by the siblings Carvalho. Lucia is the responsible for the wine making while other two brothers look after the marketing and the cellars.
At an altitude of 300 meters between Peso da Régua and Pinhao, in the heart of the Douro region, the 40 ha of the vineyards are planted on schist terraces, 80% of them are the Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão and Rufete varieties, while 20% are Moscatel Galego, Cerceal and Gouveio vines
The Estate cultivate varietals that are nearing extinction in Portugal, including Bastardo, Mourisco Tinto, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Brasileira and Tinta Carvalha.
The Carvalho family have also identified sub-plots within their vineyards, each known to produce specific colours, aromatics and structure, so that each sub-plot can be designated to a particular Port or table wine.
The Alentejo region covers one third of Portugal. This Mediterranean climate region is suitable for the grow of the Aragonez (Tempranillo), the most planted grape and Alfrocheiro, Castelão and Trincadeira grapes. International red grapes have established well in the region such as Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The white local Antão Vaz grape, with thick skin has good acidity and tropical fruit flavours and produces top quality white wines especially the barrel-fermented ones. Arinto, Roupeiro and Perrum are also used in the blends of the regional white wines.
The region produces not only easy drinking wines, but also fine wines, especially in the red category. The classic wines of Alentejo are fruity and rich that are are considered very easy drinking and smooth similar to ‘New World’ style of wines that taste of sun riped grapes.
Herdade Penedo Gordo The estate is located in Orada, Borba and is geographically placed in a sublime microclima to wine growing with an extremely dry climate with large thermal amplitude between summer and winter, giving the vine a unique capacity to produce exceptional quality that allow the creation of great wines.
Hobby Exquisite Wines is the joint venture of winemakers Diogo Campilho and Pedro Pinhão, they belong to the new generation of Young Portuguese Winemakers, who are not afraid of applying some of the most advanced wine making techniques in order to achieve wines that have a modern twist, preserving all the character and typicity present in the indigenous Portuguese grape varieties.
Located on the northern coast of central Portugal, Bairrada is characterized by an immense plateau of soft hills and numerous valleys. It is bounded on the north by the river Vouga, on the south by the river Mondego, on the east by the Caramulo-Bussaco mountains and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
The total area of vineyards are 12,000 hectares, divided by about 10,000 plots. The typical Atlantic climate due to the proximity of the sea, together with the clay-limestone and autochthonous soils, has always contributed to making the Bairrada wines unique
It was with the red wines made from Baga with great potential of aging that the Bairrada gained recognition. It is a vigorous variety, with small bunches of late-ripening berries. In clayey soils with good sun exposure, Baga is able to mature well and produce deep-colored aroma-concentrated wines that can age in bottles for many years.
Situated in the center of the Bairrada region, in the village of Poutena, the Vadio is a small family producer focusing in the recovery of the native grapes on two small parcels of vineyards totaling 4.5 ha, with completely different geological and climatic conditions.
The Vadio wines have a classic style, which seeks to respect the authenticity of the region and the character of the grape varieties that give it origin.
The management of the vineyard focus on the different compositions of soil and grape varieties, together with the rest of the grape vine growth factors, complete a balanced maturation of the grape with the own personality of each terrain and grape variety.
In the wine cellar, an old warehouse was used that once served as an agricultural pharmacy for the region's farmers, there is no technology here, but only what is needed to ensure effective fermentation control.
White wines are ferment and mature in stainless steel tanks and barrel tanks. White Vadio is produced from Cercial and Bical, with partial fermentation in used barrels. The grapes are harvested manually to preserve the aromatic intensity. Its particular freshness from Bical makes it a gastronomic and versatile wine, revealing a good potential for aging.
Vadio red reveals the most elegant and fine character of the Baga grape. Coming from the vineyards of Barrio and Cancelinha, each plot is fermented separately in order to show its uniqueness. Wines are ferment in small tanks and end with a stage of at least 24 months in used barrels and 12 months in bottle. In the nose stand out the notes of forest characteristic of the Baga variety, integrated with the spices that the stage in old barrel grants to him. The wines shows remarkable elegance with vibrant acidity. It ends long and persistently.
White wines produced from the vine varieties Cerceal, Bical and Maria Gomes have been highlighted, mainly in the production of natural sparkling wines, in which Bairrada pioneered in Portugal.
Campolargo Cercial was awarded Champion IWC 2014, the biggest honor for a Portuguese white wine.
The first Campolargo wines resulted from the 2000 vintage. Nowadays, the business lies in the hands of the third generation with Jorge Campolargo responsible for the vineyards and Carlos Campolargo heading the cellar and sales. Joana Campolargo impersonates the collaboration of the fourth generation ensuring administrative support and external relations.
The vineyards are located in two proprieties: 110 hectares in Quinta de S. Mateus, S. Lourenço do Bairro and 60 hectares, in Arcos, Quinta de Vale de Azar.
In this last property, soils are mostly sandy-clay, with small calcareous areas.
Sun exposure is mainly South and West where Baga, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Pinot Noir, Trincadeira da Bairrada (Periquita) and Cabernet Sauvignon as red varieties are planted. White varieties are Bical, Arinto, Cerceal and Verdelho.
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