With a superb winemaking knowledge, Quinta Vila Rachel is producing excellent wines capable of expressing the high-quality terroir and varieties of the region. Portugal is one of the top 10 wine producers in the World and its wines are gaining further international recognition constantly by being awarded in the most prestigious contests, mostly because of their indigenous grape varieties that are unique in the world. The most important Portuguese red grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz e Sousão.
While other Wine regions in the World privilege production quantity, in the Douro Valley, due to its mostly steep terroir, in general wine productions do not excel in that issue, but their quality fully guarantees Premium wines. So, its very common to see Douro wines earn top awards at the international level.
What the Wine Critics say about Portuguese Wines
I came to what I freely confess is an emotional conclusion: Portugal is arguably the most exciting wine place on the planet today.
Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator
The Douro Valley region of Portugal has so much going in its favor, its almost ridiculous. It has looks. It has brains. It has history. It has grapes.
Eric Asimov, NewYork Times
In a world of increased standardization, Portugal shines like a beacon of individuality and independence
Oz Clarke, Oz Clarkes Wine Atlas.
Portugal has a more interesting line-up of native grapes than neighboring Spain.. (..) a group of wines unlike anything you´ll find elsewhere in Europe.
Tim Atkin, The Guardian
Wine writers seem always to be in search of The Next Big Thing in the world of wine, and for several years now many have dubbed Portugal as exactly this. I think for a number of reasons Portuguese table wines (as opposed to the already well established Port wines) are poised to fulfill their so far largely latent potential on the world stage.
Jamie Goode, Decanter
If the sheer variety of Portugals landscape and grapes is allowed space to shine, the prospect is exhilarating.
Kathryn McWhirter , The Independent