Lavradores de Feitoria
The Union of farmers taking up a historical wine mantle
Wednesday 02 March 2022
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Lavradores de Feitoria was founded in September 2000, from the union of 15 producers, owning 18 Quintas spread throughout three sub-regions of the Douro: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. These producers joined together to share resources and reach, to accomplish together what they could not alone.
Today, the winery is led by talented winemakers Paulo Ruão and Olga Martins, backed by 48 shareholders, of which 15 are producers, and 19 Quintas with vineyards totalling more than 600 hectares.
“For the first time in Douro, we had a group of determined Douro people, all with complementary knowledge and experiences, focused on using innovation and tradition to mark a new time for the region,” says Olga. “Sharing and cooperation, coordinated in a modern way, are the core values of Feitoria, with the goal of creating balanced and elegant wines that age well, having as a starting point the traditional methods and values of Douro.”
The greatest strength of Feitoria’s approach is its ability to source a very wide range of high quality raw materials. With vineyards spread across the Douro, it has access to a wealth of grape types, including regional varieties such as Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Malvasia Fina, Gouveio and Siria. It can draw on vines of all ages, planted on the steepest of slopes, in stony soil that couldn’t be used for anything other than grape production, and in the deepest valleys, protected by mountains.
What’s in a name?
Step back in time with us, if you will, to meet the Marquis of Pombal, founder of the region of Douro, who selected its best wines for connoisseurs across Portugal and beyond to enjoy. These were known as the ‘feitoria’ wines, and duly won a stellar reputation for their quality. Undaunted by this heritage, the union of ‘Lavradores’ (farmers) that made the wine in your glass joined forces to offer modern feitoria wines.
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