The art of Making Wine
This is the starting point of a journey in which we invite you to get to know Casalinho, its origins, products and way of being in the fascinating world of wines.
To the northwest of Portugal, in the heart of the beautiful and famous Demarcated Region of Vinhos Verdes, is located the parish of Santo Adrião de Vizela, referred to in documents from the 11th century as “land of vineyards, cornfields and forest-covered hills, surrounding the valley of Vizela”. It was in this region, rich in winemaking traditions, that we were born and continue to this day.
Over time, Casalinho has become a modern unit that produces, sells and exports Vinhos Verdes from its vineyards. Brands such as CASALINHO, SANTO ADRIÃO, MONTE MAR and TRÊS MARIAS are part of the company's heritage.
Our portfolio also includes wines from other origins such as ROMANISCO and OURO VELHO, which have already won the most renowned prizes in national and international competitions.
Currently, Casalinho directly manages the Quintas do Casalinho, Entre-Vinhas, Bouçó-de-Cima, Bouçó-de-Baixo, Lamelas, Uveiras, Tigém, Crasto, among others, all with vines planted according to the most recent techniques of staging and driving.
Among the types of grapes used are Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura and more recently Fernão Pires and Alvarinho, approved regional varieties that have given recognition and prestige to the Vinhos Verdes Region and to the Casalinho Caves.
History of the varieties...
It is a versatile variety, present in most Portuguese wine-growing regions, being recognized by the name Pedernã in the Vinho Verde region.
Despite being widely spread throughout the Vinho Verde region, it appears to have originated in the Lima River valley, where it reaches its fullness.
Its origin is Minho, but, unlike the other varieties of Vinho Verde, it is a variety of moderate acidity, with high alcoholic maturation for the Minho reference.
Its origin are undeniably Minho, having later emigrated to the Douro region, where it is known as Sousão.
In the past, it came to dominate the Dão region, having been equally relevant in the Douro before the invasion of phylloxera, knowing that today both regions claim its paternity.
It is the most planted variety in the Douro region, currently occupying about a fifth of the total vines in the region.
The red grape Roriz is a variety originating in the Douro region, north of Portugal, and can be compared to Aragonês from Alentejo and Tempranillo from Spain. It is a grape with great potencial for the production of good wines.
Message from the Winemaker...
Caves do Casalinho are and will always be in my DNA.
It's been more than 10 years working with a company that has provided me with huge learning, the possibility of working with a team of excellent employees and managers, who have become friends over time; who are always available to say yes, to fight and do their best for a cause, for a legacy, to be better every day.
This is the secret of a company's longevity; commitment, pride in the best that we give, always with a view to constant improvement in our work, and in the end, in our wines.
Caves do Casalinho, with its 78 years of life, are an example of resilience, and the ability to reinvent and innovate.
As one of the oldest, most prestigious and exporting companies in the Vinho Verde Region, I am delighted to see “my” wines spread and appreciated all over the world.
As head of oenology, at Caves do Casalinho I have always had the possibility and incentive to create, reinvent new products and new experiences for our customers.
Much more is to come!
A toast to Casalinho!!
Nuno Vieira Silva (winemaker)