The way that we conceive of the wine, the deep understanding of our region, is the starting point for the project, inspiration for our story. Hence the Brand (Conceito = Concept). Port wine has monopolized wine production here since the 18th Century, producing a landscape of extraordinary beauty. ...
Rita Marques on their history and philosophy:
The way that we conceive of the wine, the deep understanding of our region, is the starting point for the project, inspiration for our story. Hence the Brand (Conceito = Concept). Port wine has monopolized wine production here since the 18th Century, producing a landscape of extraordinary beauty. But only recently people become aware of the tremendous potential of the eastern Douro. Firstly, with the opening up of better access routes; and then with the table wine revolution. It has largely been this latter factor that has opened the way to a universe of specificities along the river course, a huge valley that can no longer be seen and cultivated as a uniform and undifferentiated whole. The wine will inevitably come to exhibit its various “terroirs”. Understanding them, working properly their widely differing altitudes, soils and microclimates is a journey from which there is no turning back, and one upon which we wholeheartedly embark. In search of the freshness and balance of our terrain. That is what we believe in. That is our Concept! - Rita Marques of Conceito Wines
On their vineyards:
With the influx of investors (see Region), forgotten spots have undergone a revival, as is the case with our Teja valley: what was a remote area 30 years ago, has now become a lively and prosperous wine valley. Before it rushes down the slopes near Vesúvio, the Teja, a tributary to the Douro River, flows through a valley of gentle hills and mild climate, at an altitude between 300 and 400m. Dominated to the south by the village of Cedovim and in the northern heights by the ancient Numão Castle, the valley forms a narrow, stony, 4 kms long plateau that provides a particularly cool and mild microclimate (see “Terroir”). The family’s properties are dotted along this strip of land: the Quinta da Veiga, 20 hectares on the long straight stretch of road at the entrance to the valley; the Quinta do Chão-do-Pereiro, around 20 hectares in the northern heights with the Numão Castle as backdrop; and the Quinta do Cabido, so-named thanks to the sharp curve made by the river as it meets the slopes near the Douro, forming there a 23 hectare natural amphitheatre. As beautiful as it is inaccessible, it is the “jewel in the crown”! In addition to this, to the right, on the highest part of the valley, where schist gives way to granite, a 10 hectare vineyard where only white grape varieties are grown. - Rita Marques of Conceito Wines