The grapes to produce the Encruzado Quinta da Mariposa were harvested manually into 20 kg boxes, with a pre-selection in the vineyard. The grapes were selected a second time on a sorting table, cooled and immediately pressed. The resulting must was transferred to new and used French oak barrels, where it completed the fermentation and remained for about 6 months, with battonage, to gently stirr the fine lees.
Quinta da Mariposa is a ‘distinctly Dão’ producer, making wines that are characteristic of the region from only native varieties; including Encruzado, Jaen and Tinta Roriz. After working with some of the best wineries of the Dão region, oenologist Lúcia Freitas returned to her family estate in Terras de Senhorim to establish Quinta da Mariposa – a project that harmonizes her respect for tradition and her dream of making wines of extraordinary character from the region she knows so well. Together with her husband Filipe, plans are currently underway to convert the town’s local nightclub into a winery, serendipitously this is where the couple danced together when they were young. Quinta da Mariposa practice sustainable agriculture so they can craft wine whilst also preserving the wine culture for future generations. They only use native varieties found in the Dão region, ensuring their crop is perfectly suited to the soil and the climate. Their estate is modest and everything is done by hand.