Casa Santa Eulália
Casa Santa Eulália was founded in the 17th century in Atei – Portugal, right at the heart of the Vinho Verde region, in the Basto sub-region. Vinho Verde is the largest DOP in Portugal, covering some 7,000 square km’s. Its borders are defined by the Minho River in the north, the Douro River and Montemuro mountain ranges in the south, east by the Peneda Gerês and Marão mountain ranges and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Casa Santa Eulália’s natural geographical location, gives it extraordinary conditions for vine growing and wine production. The harsh climate; cold and rainy winter and hot and dry summer, the local granitic soil; giving a unique minerality and salinity to the wines, the relatively high average altitude; 350-500m ASL, and of course the family tradition, all contribute to Casa Santa Eulália’s special Terroir and make their wines unique among the regions many producers of Vinho Verde.
Since 1997 the farm is owned by producer Maria Teresa Gil Pereira Cunha Marques Leandro, who inherited it from her father, Joaquim Machado Pereira e Cunha and her uncle Manuel Mario Barbosa Machado. Maria Teresa manages the estate together with her husband, João and son/winemaker Francisco Marques Leandro. The family practices sustainable farming in the vineyards, using only natural spring water found on the estate, when irrigation is needed. The vineyards are surrounded by oak, pine and eucalyptus forests, which protects them from the harsh winter weather, and some may find traces of their aromatics in the resulting wines.
Casa Santa Eulalia still holds some area of ancient vines, but most of the production comes from the 45 hectares that were reconstructed between 1997 and 2021, and were replanted with traditional grape varieties; Avesso, Alvarinho, Arinto, Trajadura, Loureiro, Azal, Sauvignon Blanc, Touriga Nacional, Vinhão and Espadeiro.
Vinho Verde Tinto, 'Plainas'
100% Vinhão from vines planted on granitic soil. Hand harvested followed by full destemming and pressing. 50% foot-stomped in traditional "Lagares", open top concrete tanks, and remaining crushed berries are fermented in stainless still tank with daily delestage. Full malolactic fermentation, aged for 2 months on fine lees before bottling without filtration.
Vinho Verde Branco, Alvarinho/Trajadura
60% Alvarinho, 40% Trajadura from vines planted on east facing slops at 240m ASL, granitic soil. Hand harvested followed by full destemming and gentle press. The grape must is left to decant for 48 hrs., followed by fermentation in stainless still tanks. Aged for 2 months on fine lees before bottling.
Alvarinho, 'Terroir Velho Mundo'
100% Alvarinho, selection of the best vines, planted on granitic soil, made only in the best years. Hand harvested followed by full destemming and gentle pressing. Fermentation takes place in 400L. French oak barrels. Half of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation, aged on fine lees for 14 months.