Lavradores de Feitoria, Portugal

Lavradores translates as ‘farmers’ in Portuguese. Cheda wines are made by 15 families of farmers that have been making wines in the Douro for decades.

Together they own 19 Quintas throughout the three sub-regions of the Douro Valley. They came together to share resources, expertise, tradition and innovation. To make wines that reflect the great diversity of terroir in the Douro under one roof, with one approach and one winemaking team. Paulo Ruão and Olga Martins are the incredibly talented winemakers behind Lavradores de Feitoria. Their Cheda range offers fantastic value from the heart of the Douro Valley – bright, youthful, approachable styles of wine that fit comfortably onto any shelf or wine list.

Viticulture

Vines are planted on the steepest of slopes and cultivated by the strongest grafters in the Douro, working stony soil that couldn’t be used for anything other than grape production. Located in deep valleys, protected by mountains, the influencing climate is characterised by very cold winters and hot, dry summers. A huge diversity of climate and soil go into these wines from three Sub-Regions of the Douro Valley: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior.

Winemaking

Fermented and aged in stainless steel to preserve bright, fresh fruit character

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Traditional Douro varieties. Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, Siria.
  • No oak influence.