A history of generations with dedication.
Quinta da Calçada is full of stories and accumulated experience in the production of wine and sparkling wine, in a vibrant region, which captivates the senses.
Quinta da Calçada cellars were founded in 1917 in a XVI century palatial building that played a historic role in Amarante region and whose influence even extends to Portugal.
António do Lago Cerqueira
Vinho Verde region had been an officially demarcated region since 1908. This recognition marked the birth of Vinho Verde's identity as a product with its own personality and style.
Amarante has always been a major hub for agricultural production and wine production was not far behind: it was one of the first five sub-regions of the controlled designation of origin along with Monção, Lima, Basto and Braga.
The remarkable extension of vineyards - more than 50ha with varying ages that extend until the beggining of the XX century - allows us to interpret the different terroirs. This collection includes a small plot that fills us with pride, a legacy of the rich history of Quinta da Calçada. We are talking about a plot of vineyard that is certified as the oldest in the Vinho Verde region - 0,5ha of extreme vineyard positioned on a single terrace.
Wines have been produced at Quinta da Calçada since 1917. The origins belong to António do Lago Cerqueira, a republican, winemaker, diplomat and founder of the Quinta da Calçada cellars.
After returning from exile in France where he studied winemaking at the Institut National Agronomique António do Lago Cerqueira brought with him innovative techniques that still mark the history of Quinta da Calçada and the region today. António do Lago Cerqueira presents himself as anything but traditional: he establishes new high-density vineyard configurations and was also a pioneer in sparkling wine using the champenoise method. Inspired by Cognac pratices he begins the production of wine spirits aged in casks. Using his vision and pratice as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal he greatly boosts the wine business having even been one of the first to export wine within the region.
Casa da Calçada
Quinta da Calçada is one of the oldest producers in the Vinho Verde region focused in producing white, rosé and sparkling wines of recognized quality.
History and know-how
joint by passion...
Quinta da Calçada . Loureiro
Casa da Calçada, a historic building from the XVI century
In 2000 the historic builing of Quinta da Calçada was converted into a boutique hotel with the Relais & Chateaux signature and keeping its roots as a wine estate where you can nowadays find a Michelin-starred restaurant called Largo do Paço consecutively classified as one of the best restaurants in Europe.
Quinta da Calçada has always established itself in the production of quality wines focusing on the interpretation of terroir wines specializing in white, rosé and sparkling wines.
We were pionners in the production of sparkling wines using the classic method in the region having also a recent past in the production of spirits.
CASA DA CALÇADA
Portal da Calçada . Loureiro & Alvarinho
Today under the leadership of the third generation of Mota family the innovative, dynamic and ambitious legacy is perpetuated.
Since the 1960s owned by the Mota family, linked to several international business sectors and leaders in various ones, Quinta da Calçada still remains a solid family owned company with a long-term vision.
Keeping tradition and respect for the origins of the land and the people who make Quinta da Calçada today´s success, the project has gained dimension within and beyond borders. Today Calçada Wines brand, in addition to its origins in Vinho Verde, has a presence in four wine-growing regions in Portugal. These range from Vinho Verde, to the Douro, passing through Beira Interior and Lisbon.
Our brands are currently sold in more than 20 countries in some of which are even market leaders.