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29 Aug 2012

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 136: Miguel Roquette, Quinta do Crasto

Debra catches up with Miguel Roquette of Quinta do Crasto, a well-renowned winery based in the Douro region of Portugal. Miguel explains why they have both a “Crasto” and a “Quinta do Crasto” label, and how this is a good thing for the region to ensure the premium and entry-level wines are differentiated. They discuss the perfect food pairings for Crasto’s “tannic” wines, and go onto talk about “The Douro Boys”, and why Miguel slightly cringes at the name but why it’s a necessary initiative.

They talk about the challenges the Douro faces because it’s not a producer of the major red grape varieties but rather using blends of 35 native grape varieties, the evolution of Portugal’s wine industry from Port wine to table wine, and how the openness of younger generations will be an advantage to the Douro.

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