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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 Flip Red Blend 2019

    Conceito Flip Red Blend 2019

    Description Ruby ​​color, with violet nuances. It has an intense and complex aroma, with notes of black fruits and red fruits, combined with a cocoa aroma. In the mouth, it has a good volume, round tannins and well...

  • Conceito Vamp White Blend

    Conceito Vamp White Blend

    The wine has notes of stone, citrus, pear and apricot and a slight spice. Noteworthy are the fresh acids and the low percentage of alcohol.

  • Conceito Contraste White Blend 2016

    Conceito Contraste White Blend 2016

    Only a small portion of the wine spent time in oak but that has made all the difference. It has given the liveliness a nice balance and contrast helping to bring it all together. It has a fine acidity and purity of fruit...

  • Conceito Alvarinho 2015

    Conceito Alvarinho 2015

    Citrus color with delicate greenish reflections, floral aromas and minerals. It is a fresh wine, structured with a long finish

  • Conceito Sete Mares Vermute

    Conceito Sete Mares Vermute

    32 botanicals bring about an intense and fragrant aroma, fresh and sea-scented, with citrus and notes of spice that confer an exotic lightness. Same character in the mouth, dense and deeply flavoured, with great balance...

  • Conceito Ruby Port 500ml

    Conceito Ruby Port 500ml

    Deep in colour, complex nose. Red plums, chocolate shavings and black currants. Juicy and sweet on the palate with a long finish.

  • Conceito White Port 500ml

    Conceito White Port 500ml

    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...

  • Conceito Vintage Port 2016

    Conceito Vintage Port 2016

    Vale da Teja’s terroir provides grapes with excellent acidity and balance, thanks to its soils, altitude and the ensemble of grape varieties. Great Tawny Ports traditionally come from this terroir. It was, thus, a huge...

  • Conceito Contraste Red Blend 2014

    Conceito Contraste Red Blend 2014

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

  • Conceito Bastardo 2019

    Conceito Bastardo 2019

    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 White Douro 2016

    Conceito White Douro 2016

    The 2016 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...

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