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Conceito Vinhos

Conceito Vinhos in the Douro Superior

The two women behind Conceito Vinhos are Carla Costa Ferreira and her daughter, wine-maker, Rita Marques Ferreira. Conceito Vinhos consists of 3 properties in the Douro Superior which total some 79 hectares.

Rita Marques Ferreira has studied enology at the University of Bordeaux with Denis Dubourdieu, has worked a harvest at Niepoort in the Douro; and also at Flagstone with Bruce Jack in Stellenbosch, South Africa and at Villa Maria in Marlborough, New Zealand. Not only has Rita Marques bought a little bit of the New World to the Douro but she was also  making a Conceito Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand with Sam Weaver of Churton and a Bordeaux blend in Stellenbosch with Marc Kent, not to mention an Alvarinho in the Minho, Portugal.

The oldest vines on the estate are 80 years old and there are 2 prized hectares of pre-Phylloxera (white) vines up at 600m along with the famous 5 hectares of Bastardo at Quinta da Veiga (where the fruit for the Conceito Bastardo comes from). All the red grape varieties are planted on schistous soils and all the white varieties on granitic sand soils.

The family has been acquiring vineyards since the 1940s but the first Conceito wines were only made 2004 with the Quinta de Veiga winery being built the following year. Prior to this grapes were sold to other producers and Port shippers. All cultivation has been organic since 2006.

Although the properties are based in the easternmost Douro Superior, the Douro’s hottest and driest sub-region, Conceito’s base in the Teja Valley, near Vesuvio, is supposedly the Douro’s coolest microclimate. According to Rita Marques, “During the day, it’s eight degrees [Celsius] less here than at Quinta do Vale Meao, about twenty kilometers away.”

As well as 20 hectares of vines at Quinta do Veiga, Conceito Vinhos also has around 20 hectares at Quinta do Chao-de Pereiro, 23 hectares at Quinta do Cabido (the oldest vineyard with the poorest soils) and some 10 hectares at Quinta do Menir in the highest part of the valley where mainly white grape varieties are grown (and rather quirkily where Marques has planted Grüner Veltliner).

In the vineyard there is manual harvesting and an initial fruit selection followed by a second sorting at the cellar prior to de-stemming of the grapes (not for the Conceito Bastardo though). The winery is a combination of modern stainless steel, temperature-controlled vats and traditional, old granite lagares for in which the grapes are foot trodden.

  • Conceito Bastardo 2016

    Conceito Bastardo 2016

    The grapes for the Conceito Bastardo (also known as Trousseau Noir or Trousseau) is sourced from a very small, old block of vines at Quinta da Veiga. Normally in the Douro one finds a field blend of a mixture of grape...

  • Conceito Legitimo 2016

    Conceito Legitimo 2016

    Vintage 2016 Grape Varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz. The Legitimo is a typical blend of Douro red grape varieties, but made in an old-fashioned way and style. It has been made with minimal...

  • Conceito Vinhos Contraste Red Blend 2012

    Conceito Vinhos Contraste Red Blend 2012

    Grape Varieties:Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional Vinification:Grapes picked by hand in small boxes. Destemming, followed by crushing and pumping to stainless steel tank. Fermentation with controlled...

  • Conceito Vinhos Contraste White Blend 2014

    Conceito Vinhos Contraste White Blend 2014

    The Contraste Branco is an increasingly fine value in Douro. A field blend, it was aged for eight months in stainless steel tanks (70%) and used French oak barrels (30%). Although seen only a few weeks after bottling, this...

  • Conceito Vinhos Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009

    Conceito Vinhos Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009

    Grape Varieties:Old VinesTasting Notes:Purple color. On the nose, there is exuberance of fruit. Aromas of black fruits, with a touch of spice and floral (violet). In the mouth it is greedy: a rich and intense fruity,...

  • Conceito Vinhos Tawny Port 10 years old

    Conceito Vinhos Tawny Port 10 years old

    A variety of grape Varieties from old vinesTasting Notes:Caramelized walnuts mixed with cotton candy and dried fruit. Earthy notes, as well as trail mix and ripened figs unite behind in taste to a perfect symbiosis. Subtle...

  • Conceito Vinhos Vintage Port 2005

    Conceito Vinhos Vintage Port 2005

    19.5% alcohol. Quite a Burgundian expression of Vintage Port. Initially muted, then it delivers meaty, spicy, floral (violet) dark fruits. Fresh and a bit peppery. The palate is sweet and fresh with vibrant fruit and some...

  • Conceito White (Branco) Douro 2015

    Conceito White (Branco) Douro 2015

    The 2015 Estate Branco is probably the best white yet made here and a good testament to how fine 2015 is for Brancos. It is a field blend aged for ten months in used French oak barrels (second, third and fourth usage). It...

  • Conceito White Port

    Conceito White Port

    Winemaking:The grapes were harvested early, to emphasize its natural acidity, and treated according to the method of treading in granite mills. The traffic jam was soon after the spring, with the intention of capturing the...

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