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Rodrigo Vellejo-Cortona

A long-time friendship with Quevedo, a family owned port house with deep roots in the region, led to a partnership for Rodrigo. Fruit is sourced from the family’s 27 ha of vines located around 450 meters at the edge of the Cima-Corgo and Duoro Superior. Hand harvest, de-stemmed, fermentation in 5 and 10 ton stainless steel tanks, then matured, 70% in stainless steel and 30% in 225L 3rd and 4th year 225L barrique for 16 months prior to the final blending. Lightly fined and filtered. Minimal SO2. 

Casal de Ventozela consists of 45 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyards in the heart of the Vinho Verde region. The vines are located in two sub-regions: Vale do Ave and Vale do Covado. The estate is a family run business, with a strong focus on the environment and a genuine passion for wine and nature. Ventozela has a noble history dating back to 1874. A century later, it was acquired by the current director of the company, Jose Ferrera Cortinhas, who was responsible for resurrecting the estate following the April 25 revolution in 1974. The winery first started selling its grapes and in 2008, its first wines were bottled.

Winemaker: Fernando Moura and Pedro Campos
Country: Portugal
Region: Duoro, Vinho Verde
Type: Red
Variety: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted around 2000
Production: 6,000 bottles
Soil: Shale