A top quality natural wine can only be made with top quality grapes, which is why it is our belief that our winemakers need to spend as much time in the vineyards as they do in the winery. The role of winemaking is to guide the process, while allowing nature to take its course, namely a three-stage process of
- 1. Growing the grapes
- 2. Transforming grapes into wine
- 3. Ageing, bottling and labelling this wine
This exciting process comes to an end when the cork is popped and you start pouring the wine into a glass.
From vine to bottle our wine philosophy is based on quality, as opposed to quantity. We believe this is the reason why Quinta dos Vales has very quickly become the leading wine producer in the up-and-coming Algarvian wine industry.
Our approach is simple but straightforward. A good wine must have its origin in the vineyard as only perfect grapes will produce a real and natural wine. Insofar it is our main challenge to interact with all the infinitely variable and interconnected influences of soil minerals, sunlight, water, temperature, grape variety and the daily-changing responses of a living vine, balancing its fruit, leaves and roots. Natural systems are very complex and unpredictable, but once this is achieved, the work in the winery begins.
The work in the winery requires lots of technical skills, however everything is based on the strict principle that our role is only to assist the grapes in developing their best potential. Additives are avoided wherever it is possible. All we do in the winery is use modern technology to extract the best out of the grapes and convert them into the finest natural result that the respective varieties have to offer.