Two Douro wines from Quinta da Pacheca – iG Columnists – Blog do Vinho

What to expect from a Douro wine? “Diversity”, sums up João Silva e Souza, winemaker at Quinta da Pacheca. The region works with mountain viticulture. It produces completely different wines. The variation in altitude of the terraces where the vines are planted, the exposure to the sun of the vines, as well as the unique profile of the native Portuguese grape varieties, explain this variation in the region. In order to show some of this diversity to its customers, the importer and e-commerce company Evino has just included in its portfolio of renowned producers, new labels from Douro, now from Quinta da Pacheca.

There are three wines that arrive in Brazil: Roots, reserve roots and white roots. I tasted both reds, accompanied by winemaker João Silva e Souza. me here at home. He is there at Quinta da Pacheca, accompanied by the sommelier of Evino Vinícius Santiago. And a computer in between. It is these marvels of the new digital standard – combined with bottle distribution logistics – that allow a winemaker in Portugal and a diviner in São Paulo to share the same wine and exchange their impressions of it.

roots

The two reds are like two younger brothers of different ages. They bring the same DNA, that is to say the region and the grapes. The difference is in the personality: one has more freshness, the other more maturity. The main strains, those that form the backbone of the wine, are the touriga franca (“the best that the Douro produces, since it is a grape that usually does not ripen too much”, according to João Silva e Souza) and the touriga national. Sprinkles of red ink and dog ink help compose the broth recipe. The difference lies in the use of wood in one and in the vinification in stainless steel vats in the other, which results in a concentration of more or less ripe fruit and freshness at different levels between the two labels. Let’s drink?

Pacheca Raizes Red Douro DOC 2020
Grape seed:
Touriga National, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Producer: Quinta da Pacheca
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Importer: evino
BRL109.00

Raízes fulfills its role of presenting the Douro to the consumer with a lot of freshness, fresh fruit and flowers on the nose (look at the touriga nacional which contributes to it) on the palate confirm the freshness of the fruit accompanied by good acidity. Aging takes place in stainless steel vats (60%) and used wood (40%). Gastronomic, it offers “an enriching experience”, in the words of João Silva e Souza. In other words, “invites another cut”, he adds to the cliché. 2,500 bottles of this label were produced. A pleasant red to drink, to share and to accompany, it does not hide the food.

Pacheca Raízes Reserva Red Douro DOC 2018
Grape seed:
Touriga National, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Producer: Quinta da Pacheca
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Importer: evino
BRL159.00

The 1300 bottles made from Raízes Reserva have the same sensory profile as its little brother, but with a little more maturity. The 12 months of wood are present on the nose in the mouth, as well as the spices. If the first could be called a child, this one can be called an adolescent, with more muscle, structure and more mature fruit. With food, you need the company of heavier dishes, roasts, heavier dishes.

Quinta da Pacheca: 75 hectares of vines, 1,700 bottles of wine and the charming Douro River as a backdrop

since 1738

Quinta da Pacheca is a winery in the Douro with documents dating back to 1738, that is, before the demarcation of the region by the Marquis of Pombal, which began in 1758. As has been written here in other articles, the Douro is the first demarcated wine region in the world. The exclusive Evino label highlights the Pombaline monument kept on the farm, dating from 1761.

Pacheca produces 1.7 million bottles a year of wine from 75 hectares of vines planted on the left bank of the Douro, in the parish of Cambres. Three quarters of the bottles are red table wines and a quarter of the grapes go to port wines. Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the Douro knows that in addition to the history of the drink, the possibility of tasting a wine on its terraces, overlooking the river or even surrounded by barrels, transforms the tasting into a drinking experience. more than just wine, but one place. If the combination of people, places and history makes any drink better, then imagine a Douro wine.

Renowned producers and customer knowledge

This most exclusive line of Evino called Renowned Producers is aimed at a consumer who has passed the wine game. It works like this: you take a producer already recognized in the market and create exclusive labels for Evino. It could be Italian Marchesi Antinori, French M Chapoutier, Chilean Casas del Bosque, Portuguese Antonio Maçanita and Quinta do Vallado. There are currently thirty-five wine estates that are part of the Producers of Renown portfolio. Finally, taking advantage of a traditional surname on the market, the importer defines with the producer the profile of the wine that he intends to offer to his potential consumers. Everyone is happy: producer (who is increasing his visibility on the Brazilian market); importer (who expands his portfolio in addition to brands already worked in the country and enjoying a certain notoriety) and consumer (who can taste wines with guarantee of origin and enrich his sensory and taste library without losing his bank account) .

The logic is intelligent, like the whole strategy of the company which, with the acquisition of Grand Cru, has created a group that bears the name of Víssimo. Víssimo, through Evino and Grand Cru, seeks to serve the different audiences it operates by using the knowledge and analysis of its consumers’ data on all possible platforms: digital or physical. Some wines are sold online by both operations, others are exclusive to Evino or Grand Cru. The result is an operation that seeks to assert itself more in the taste of its client, respecting the particularity of each niche. The wines of Renowned Producers, it seems to me, are a kind of connecting verb between the novice Evino customer, seduced by the ease and recommendations of e-commerce, and the more demanding consumer of shops and Grand wine clubs. Believed. the subscribers. Finally, the wine trade is adapting to new times.

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