In 2006, Isabel and Pedro Carmo were drawn to a vineyard in Alijó, the sub-region of Cima Corgo. Here they converted a rundown house in this unique region and started to make their own wines. From the beginning, they decided that the approach at Quinta de Cottas would be to preserve the genetic heritage of the region. As such their vineyards are planted with the traditional Douro grape varieties which means they have a fruit bowl of varietals to choose from: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz and Sousão reds and Viosinho, Gouveio, Arinto and Rabigato in white.
Their position on the slopes of the beautiful Douro valley enjoys excellent sun exposure and schist soils, a combination that ensures grapes of unique character and profile. They now produce internationally acclaimed wines and port from their newly built boutique winery that are true to the soils and standards synonymous with wines from the Douro.
Viticulture and sustainability
Quinta de Cottas is committed to the environmental responsibility of their farming based on the minimum disturbance of soils to preserve the biodiversity of the Douro. They employ minimal use of herbicides, insecticides and pesticides, treating the land with the respect it deserves. They practice sustainable viticulture and are certified in order to improve the environment for future generations. Their environmental impact policy extends equally to dry goods, providing a full circle commitment. Using recycled materials in their packaging and reducing the total weight of the bottle decreases the amount of CO2 produced and reduces energy consumption during transport. Lighter glass means less impact on the land, water and people.