“Remontage” consists in pumping up the wine from the bottom of the vat in order to sprinkle the “cap” (grape skin and pips which rise to the surface). The process optimises the extraction of colour and tannins. 

classified letter A

Classification Letter A. This is a classification established by the Casa do Douro, revised annually. It is based principally on the quality of the soil, the altitude, the micro-climate, and the method of cultivation of the vine in each parcel. The parcels are classified in this way from A (the best score) to F.

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Winter is the pruning season, but it’s also the time for replanting any vines which are unhealthy or have become too old. For the Nacional parcel, this stage requires a specific technique, known as “mass selection”, to be used.

Because the Nacional vines are not grafted, which makes them an extreme rarity, the replanted stocks must be from the same parcel. We therefore pick out a shoot from one of the finest looking stocks on the plot, and plant it directly into the ground. It will then take root and will itself become a vine stock, ungrafted and directly rooted in the earth, without any intermediate rootstock. Thus it is that, year in year out, we preserve the singularity of the vines from this terroir which is quite unique in the world.

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