The grapes to produce the Crasto Red Quinta do Crasto, chosen from selected plots, were taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes were then destemmed and crushed and transferred into stainless steel tanks where they fermented. The alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 5 to 7 days. The wine was matured 95% in stainless steel vats and 5% in oak barrels.
The vineyards are planted on terraces with rows of vines planted up and down the slope on shist soil. The aspect is southeast facing and the age of the vines is 20+ years.
Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for more than a century which dates far back into ancient times. The name Crasto comes from the Latin castrum meaning “Roman fort”. Like all the other great Douro estates, Quinta do Crasto is based in the heart of the Douro Valley, the first demarcated and regulated wine region in the world, recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001. The property benefits from the prime conditions of this privileged location in the Cima Corgo region and produces wines from grapes coming from some of the oldest and most historic vines in the Douro.