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Julia Kemper, Dão

Julia Kemper's family estate, Quinta do Cruzeiro, lies in the granitic Dão region of northern Portugal where she cultivates 15 hectares of vines organically.

The estate has been in Julia's family for over 400 years and has always produced high quality wine. Julia's great, great uncle even won a gold medal for a wine produced on the estate at the Berlin wine fair in 1910! More recently the farm had fallen into disrepair and the wine produced was only consumed by the family.

Motivated by vivid childhood memories of time at the farm with other members of her very large family (11 uncles and aunts and over 50 cousins), Julia feels a strong sense of connection with the land.

Though originally a lawyer, with the encouragement of her father, Julia took over the estate determined to replicate the great wines that it produced in the last century.

She has spent the last seven years carefully replanting the vineyards and equipping the small winery with a little help from family friend winemaker Dirk Nieport.

Accolades from the world's top journalists have poured in since the first vintage in 2008 and the 2009 Branco was selected as one of Portugal's Top 50 wines in 2012.