Sino da Romaneira – Sustainable
The 1,100 acre spread of Quinta da Romaneira is widely considered one of the Douro Valley’s most breathtaking estates. The winery began producing port in 1872, but was not legally allowed to bottle under its own name until 1986 when DO changes gave single quintas the authority to do so.
Christian Seely purchased Romaneira in 2004 with plans to put the winery shoulder to shoulder with Douro’s top names in terms of reputation and quality.
Seely and winemaker Antonio Agrellos understand what such ambition means – They are the dynamic duo behind the much-celebrated rebirth of another great property, Quinta do Noval (which sits literally next door), which they’ve operated for the past twenty years.
The entire Romaneira vineyard estate is classified “A” (the highest mark that can be obtained in the Douro) and the house focuses almost completely on unfortified dry wines and vintage style port.
Sino means “bell” in Portuguese, paying homage to Romaneira’s history by referencing the bell that hangs above the door of the quinta. 40% Touriga Franca 30% Tinta Roriz 20% Tinto Cão 10% Touriga Nacional. The wine was vinified in specially designed conical stainless steel temperature-controlled vats, within a temperature range of 77 and 81 degrees F. Aged for 14 months in neutral French oak barriques.
Floral and spicy with notes of black pepper and rose petals. Beautiful open red color. Fine and delicate nose. Soft ripe red fruits on the palate. Well balanced, fresh, and harmonious.