Jul 12, 2022
Vinho Verde, the DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) Region,
has made wine since Roman times. This region is one of the largest
DOCs in Europe but within its boundaries there are vast differences
between the nine sub regions. In this show, Mafalda Teixeira
Coelho, co-owner of Quinta da Raza and Pedro Campos,
winemaker clear up a lot of the misconceptions about Vinho Verde.
We learn about the terroir of this old and complex region, the
various subregions, and how serious, and sometimes ageworthy wine
is being produced here.
Mafalda Teixeira Coelho, co-owner of Quinta da Raza and Pedro Campos, winemaker
(c)Wine For Normal People
In September 2021, I visited the region and I just loved the
wines of Quinta da Raza, I adored Mafalda and Pedro, and
I thought they were perfect representatives to tell us about their
corner of this big region, in Basto, and what they are capable of
making in this unique terroir.
Here’s what we discuss in the show:
- The diversity of Vinho Verde, it’s 9 sub regions and how
proximity to the sea, position in the mountains, and soil type make
big differences in the grapes you can grow and the resulting
Map: Vinho Verde Commission
- Pedro tells us about the Basto subregion, where Quinta da Raza is located. It is inland, on granite,
schist, and clay soils. The location is a bit more continental with
warmer summers and cooler winters than places near the coast,
meaning grapes can get fully ripe and quite flavorful.
- To understand Vinho Verde, you must understand the nuance
between the granite terroir v. the schist terroir. Pedro tells us
what the differences are and why they matter.
- Mafalda shares the history of the estate and how it was passed
down to her husband Diogo, who she manages things with today.
Mafalda Teixeira Coelho, co-owner of Quinta da
Raza and her daughters,
(c)Wine For Normal People
- Pedro tells us about the main grapes of the region: Azal,
Alvarinho, Avesso, Arinto, Trajadura, and the reds Padeiro and
Vinhão. He tells us about the various brands of Quinta da Raza
- Dom Diogo is the traditional brand that is sold mainly in the
- Quinta da Raza is a more international style, and where you’ll
find those more serious whites like Alvarinho, Avesso, and
- Raza is the very traditional, fizzy Vinho Verde of Arinto,
Trajadura, and Azal, with the Rosé made of Vinhão, Padeiro and
- Nat their line of Pet Nat (Petillant Naturel), sparkling wine
made in the ancestral method with a single fermentation happening
in the bottle from which you drink it
- We discuss some of the important techniques they use to get
high quality wine – traditional things like hand harvesting grapes
and foot treading in stone lagares, and then more modern things
like using stainless steel tanks and modern winemaking
harvest at Quinta da Raza (c)Wine For Normal
- Pedro tells us Alvarinho and Avesso are good candidates for
aging, with Gouveio as a possible third.
- We finish the conversation by talking about Quinta da Raza’s
commitment to sustainability and the bright future for the Vinho
Verde region and for the winery.
Quinta da Raza’s wines are fantastic. Seek out the
basic Raza, but try to find the single varietals, they are
inexpensive and drink way above their price point!
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