Quinta de Roriz

Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro and has been owned by the van Zeller family since 1815. Roriz was the very first single quinta Port to be shipped and was the first to establish fame and reputation for the quality of its wines. As early as 1872 at an auction in London, 15 cases of Quinta de Roriz 1851 were sold at the very high price of 84 shillings for each 12 bottle case. Today Roriz is jointly owned and managed by João van Zeller, the sixth generation of van Zellers to own the Quinta, and the Symington family (to whom he is related as the Symington’s have a van Zeller ancestor). Together the two families are regaining the Quinta’s historically pre-eminent position.

Terroir

Roriz is one of the most spectacularly beautiful Quintas in the Douro, situated in the Upper Corgo on the South bank of the river Douro between Pinhão and São João da Pesqueira. With North facing vineyards, Roriz forms a natural amphitheatre, falling from the hilltops at 450 metres to the Douro River. In the centre of the Quinta there is a small 'plateau' on which is situated the winery, house and chapel. The vineyard occupies 44 hectares and is situated between 125 and 250 metres. The position of the Quinta along the river and its altitude are recognised as being ideal for the production of the Douro's very best wines and is fully representative of the best of the classic river Quintas. The consistent climate in this part of the valley is reflected in the very high quality wines produced in most years. The classic schistous soil of the Upper Douro predominates, but the soil composition and structure are particular to this property. The Quinta also has tin and traces of gold in the rocky outcrops on the higher part of the estate. The mining activities at Roriz date from the days of a religious Order, "Comenda das Tres Minas da Ordem de Christo" which during the 17th century exploited the rich ore deposits of the property. The mining only ceased after the World War II. The unique mineral structure at Roriz brings a strong individual personality to the wines.

Winemaking 

All Port is made in the Quinta’s 7 original granite lagares

The Wine 

The Quinta only makes Vintage Port and premium Douro DOC red wines. Great aromatic complexity is achieved due to the wide array of varieties planted at the Quinta. Rich and well balanced wines, with great concentration and tannic structure. The wines have hallmark mineral tones on the palate.

VINEYARD DETAILS
TOTAL AREA
95.7 hectares
VINEYARD ASPECT
North, north-west and north-east.
VINEYARD AREA
42 hectares
ALTITUDE RANGE
94 — 261 metres
PRINCIPAL GRAPE VARIETIES
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, old mixed vines, Sousão
SUPPLIES
Prats & Symington

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