Quinta do Vale Meao This is one of the great wine estates of the Douro, if not the world. Bought and established by that legendary lady of Port, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, in the early 19th Century, it has been the stage for many pioneering feats of winemaking and viticulture in the Douro. Currently though it is still in family hands, with descendant Francisco Xavier Olazabal (Vito), his winemaker son Francisco and daughter Luísa all devote to the cause. This humorous and relaxed team has, since they started making wine at the quinta in 1999, pushed the boundaries of excellence in Douro reds beyond what was imaginable. Perched on the river’s most dramatic meander, around 70 hectares of vines sweep before your eyes, planted with a host of local varieties. A magnificent granite edifice houses the winery. It is remote and extreme in location but of outstanding beauty and the wines reflect this setting. Their “second” wine Meandro has all the above elements on a lesser scale, but manages to reveal a character of its own, not just be in the shadows. 35% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 5% Sousão, 5% Tinta Amarela and 5% Tinto Cao. A remarkably dark and concentrated wine, with excellent acidity and firm tannin structure and powerful fruit notes.