Quinta da Raza
Quinta da Raza, located in the Vinho Verde region, has a microclimate that results from the harmony between the gentle slopes that surround us, the river Tâmega which crosses the region and the magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil of granite origin, with clay and schist areas, reflects the generosity of this terroir.
The acquaintanceship between the nature and the dedication and precision, results in excellent quality grapes such as the native grape varieties Azal, Arinto, Avesso, Vinhão, Padeiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho, which are reflected in the character of the wines.
The Basto sub-region has a unique terroir. The gentle slopes, the richness of the soil, the magnificent sun exposure and a generous microclimate make this a remarkable and genuine region. But the greatest fortune lies in the hands of all who so passionately devote themselves to Quinta da Raza's vineyard and wine.
Very mountainous with river valleys. The Basto sub-region is the most inland region, with an average altitude of 250m. The soils are granitic, with sandy loam predominating within them. They are shallow with some clay and schist areas, as at Quinta da Raza. The Basto sub-region has a large temperature range. The climate is harsher than in the rest of the Vinho Verde Region, very cold in winter and very hot and dry in summer. The grapes used are the native varieties used since ancient times in this region.
Casa do Outeiro is a property classified as of public interest by the Portuguese Heritage Institute. This house is the genesis of Quinta da Raza, located in Veade, Celorico de Basto, in the heart of the Vinho Verde region. Its history dates back to the mid-eighteenth century.
Quinta da Raza is a family business that has gone through four centuries, still to this day in the Teixeira Coelho family, nowadays in the hands of Diogo Teixeira Coelho, the fifth generation. Their commitment and dedication to the vineyard and to wine has fermented this passion and knowledge over time.
Diogo Teixeira Coelho and family have an umbilical relationship and an ancestral legacy with the Quinta and the Basto Region where he has always lived. After the death of his grandfather Inácio Xavier de Barros Teixeira Coelho in 1987, he began his career as a winemaker and producer. The potential of the place and his passion for agriculture and the world's wines were some of the reasons driving his commitment, with enthusiasm and extreme dedication to the necessary wine restructuring of the farm the family had managed.
Since then, he has devoted himself to the production of excellent wines, retaining his ancestors passion for this wonderful world and soon realising the unique wine characteristics of the Basto region which, in an innovative and audacious way, he has been able to imprint on the character of Quinta da Raza wines.