Quinta da Mariposa, Portugal

Quinta da Mariposa is a ‘distinctly Dão’ producer, making wines that are characteristic of the region from only native varieties; including Encruzado, Jaen and Tinta Roriz.

After working with some of the best wineries of the Dão region, oenologist Lúcia Freitas returned to her family estate in Terras de Senhorim to establish Quinta da Mariposa – a project that harmonizes her respect for tradition and her dream of making wines of extraordinary character from the region she knows so well. Together with her husband Filipe, plans are currently underway to convert the town’s local nightclub into a winery, serendipitously this is where the couple danced together when they were young.

Viticulture

Quinta da Mariposa practice sustainable agriculture so they can craft wine whilst also preserving the wine culture for future generations. They only use native varieties found in the Dão region, ensuring their crop is perfectly suited to the soil and the climate. Their estate is modest and everything is done by hand.

Winemaking

Quinta da Mariposa practices ‘minimalist vinification’, intervening as little as possible to obtain quality wines that are a true reflection of the unique terroir. All of their wines are fermented slowly at low temperatures.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Great value and very distinctively Dão wines- fresh, bright, mineral, textured with fine tannins in the red.
  • Sustainable agriculture on granitic rich vineyards.