Profile of Quinta De Chocapalha

One of the best-kept secrets in Portugal today and certainly one of our personal favorite wineries, Quinta De Chocapalha has been at the forefront of the Portuguese revolution in winemaking. Modern, fruit driven wine styles are the order of the day here, all made in probably the least famous wine region in Portugal. Long associated with high volume production and indifferent wine, Quinta De Chocapalha have proven what can be done in the region Estremadura (now renamed Lisboa), an appellation north of that more famous capital city.

Quinta De Chocapalha is certainly not short on history, despite its decidedly modern approach to winemaking. The property has enjoyed a succession of nobility, having been passed to the Scottish noble Diogo Duff in the 15th century. Duff was no fool and he kept the estate in his family for centuries, each generation enjoying the spoils of this grand Quinta. Wine has been grown on the property since the 16th century in fact. Then, in the 1980s Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva fell in love with Chocapalha and decided this was the place to realize their winemaking dream. They have invested heavily in the property and have worked monumentally hard to raise the quality and reputation of their wines.

In 2000, the proud owners were finally satisfied they had achieved that benchmark and started bottling the Quinta de Chocapalha wines. Now, this small, family-run estate produces some of the best wines in Portugal today, with the Cabernet Sauvignon the notable star in the pack. Visitors are never disappointed, with the privileged location between the rolling hills of Estremadura and the beautiful renovated Quinta, not to mention some delectable wines. For our very special guests we organize an unforgettable wine tasting experience at Quinta De Chocapalha, ask us for details on our luxury wine tours in Portugal.

Wines produced

  • Chocapalha Reserva Red

    55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz, 15% Syrah. Fermented in robotic lagares. Aged for 20 months in 90% new French oak.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented in robotic lagares. Aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak.

  • Chocapalha Red

    30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Castelão, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Syrah and 5% Alicante Bouschet. Fermented in robotic lagares and pressed in stainless steel. Aged for 18 months in French oak.

  • Vinha Da Palha

    60% Castelão, 30% Tinta Roriz, 10% Syrah and 5% Alicante Bouschet. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. A fresh, unoaked style of red wine.

  • Quinta de Chocapalha White

    50% Arinto, 40% Viosinho and 10% Vital. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Left on its lees for 6 months to add richness.

  • Quinta de Chocapalha White Reserva

    65% Chardonnay, 35% Viosinho. Chardonnay fermented in French oak barrels, aged in oak for 6 months. Whereas the Viosinho is fermented in stainless steel and left on its lees for 6 months. The resulting blend is a complex, structured wine.

  • Arinto

    100% Arinto. Fermented in stainless steel and left on its lees for 6 months to add richness.

Winery details

Quinta De Chocapalha

Casa Agricola das Mimosas
2580 – 081 Aleia Galega da Merceana
Tel +35 (0) 263 769 317
Fax +35 (0) 263 769 316

Vinhos de Lisboa
Area under vine
45 Hectares
Age of vines
up to 100 years
Oak barrel origin
Sandra Tavares
Tavares Da Silva family
100,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Roriz, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelao, Alicante Bouschet, Arinto, Vital, Viosinho, Chardonnay.

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