Quinta do Romeu is one of the best places and producers to visit in the Douro Valley, located in the upper reaches of the Douro Superior, in the village of Jerusalém do Romeu. The agricultural history of the Menéres family in the region spans more than a century, and the family is one of the prominent producers of olive oil, cork, and, of course, wine. Jerusalém do Romeu is a transitional zone into the cooler Trás-os-Montes region, and the weather here is much more moderate than what is typical of the rest of the Douro Valley. Romeu’s vineyards are in fact in a natural amphitheater. Looking out at the valley, one views the two rivers flowing through, the vineyards that sit next to olive trees, forest, rocky outcroppings—a diverse ecosystem. The Menéres is dedicated to organic viticulture, with its vines as well as its olive trees. The estate is certified organic, which is no small feat given not only the administrative hoops one has to go through but also the laborious work on such steep and rocky terrain. The alcohol levels of the Romeu wines typically range from 12.5% to 13.5%, a full degree or two lower than the rest of the Douro.
The Branco Reserva is a field blend of organically cultivated traditional Douro varieties, including Gouveio (Godello), Viosinho, Arinto, and Rabigato. The grapes are hand-harvested and spontaneously cofermented in tank. About one-fourth of the volume finishes fermentation in used 500-liter Austrian barrels, where it ages on the fine lees with bâtonnage for about six months. With notes of ripe stone and citrus fruit, the wine has a subtle texture and weight, as well as bright acidity and minerality on the palate. It is expressive and incredibly fresh. This is a white that can hold up to substantial dishes—richer fish, hearty potatoes that are roasted or fried, and firm cheeses.
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