Quinta do Vale Meão
Olazabel Family, Pocinho, Portugal
Winemaker Francisco "Xito" Olazabal
Soil Type Schist, granite, alluvial
Main Varieties Touriga Naçional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Barroca, Tinto Câo
Vito, Xito and Luisa Olazabal represent the 5th and 6th generations to oversee the Douro’s most iconic estate. The huge meander in the Douro in which the estate sits provides the name for Vale Meao’s ‘second’ wine, but forget any ideas of compromise here: it’s a triumph in its own right.
The 300 hectare property was purchased in 1877 unplanted, by the famous Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira - whose descendants now run Vale Meao - and was transformed by hundreds of workers into the 'chateau' and vineyards by 1894.
Whilst Vale Meão concentrates mainly on wine production, they also make a small quantity of outstanding port wine. Vale Meão vintage port was first made in the wonderful 2000 vintage, and is made, unusually, more years than not.