The Quinta do Pinto project was born of the will of father António Cardoso Pinto to return to the land what came from the land. After selling the farm of the family, in Grijó, Vila Nova de Gaia – with 15 cousins involved in the transaction- António Cardoso Pinto looked for a new piece of land for a fresh start in the Lisbon area. When he found Quinta do Anjo in Alenquer, it was love at first sight, even though it was a long courtship.
Coincidentally, the new property of the Pinto family was also known by Pinto for producing the best wines of Alenquer, which also had a value of one pinto, a gold coin in circulation during the reign of D. João V. And so, in this way Quinta do Pinto came to be the name of the family's new wine venture.
Marked by its smooth and rolling hills, the property of Quinta do Pinto is spread out on a plot of 120 hectares. Half of this is made up of vineyard, of which the majority was planted at the beginning of the 2000s by the Pinto Family, but also with 15 hectares of 40-year-old vines.
The proximity to the Atlantic (25 kilometers to the ocean, as the crow flies) soils of clay and limestone, with south-facing slopes, all give this farm its unique terroir character. As always, man has also left his mark – the 18th century manor house, with the activity around it, at the center of the property shares its location with nature. The Pinto wine house follows sustainable operational guidelines. The company focuses on the diversity of grape varieties, with 25 in total and 19 in production. They are traditionally from the region, but include some international varieties as well, because of the initiative of the founder, who very much appreciates the wine of the French region of Rhone.
This diversity means that, during the harvest time, the cellars at Quinta do Pinto have dozens of separate fermentations occurring at the same time. This is only possible thanks to the existence of dozens of small vats, using a solution far ahead of its time when it was constructed, with parcels done in the vineyard using a mixture of varietals. Always looking to improve wine inside the profile of the brand, to make every parcel exceptional every year, is an odyssey that involves both family and enologist.