Founded in 1920, by the brothers José, Manuel and Albano Costa, the company dealt at first in the trade of Douro fine wines and liquors. In the thirties, however, due to a bill passed by the government that prohibited the production of Port Wines outside the O’Porto limits, the company shifted its activity to the trade of Bairrada Table wines and launched itself in the production of natural sparkling wines in the “champenoise” method, with the help of the renowned French oenologist Gaston Mainousson. This way, in the forties, the company expanded the trade of its wines by exporting to the Brazilian market and to the Portuguese colonies in Africa.
Nevertheless it is the 1950’s that will gain Caves São João notoriety in the Portuguese wine trading landscape. The company begins to sell DOC wines, creating two of the most celebrated Portuguese brands: FREI JOÃO of the Bairrada region, and PORTA DOS CAVALEIRO, of the Dão region.
In 1972, the company acquired the Quinta do Poço do Lobo, a rural estate with 35 ha, located in Pocariça, in the Cantanhede region. The estate was then totally replanted with selected grape types and carefully parcelled out. With the grapes obtained from those vineyards, Caves São João produces a red Bairrada wine, a sparkling wine and a “varietal” Cabernet Sauvignon commercialised under the brand QUINTA DO POÇO DO LOBO.
Having passed to descendants of the original owners, CAVES SÃO JOÃO is the most ancient wine trading company still in business in the Anadia County. Allying history and family tradition throughout generations to the most modern and efficient production methods, CAVES SÃO JOÃO is aiming today to exceed all expectations. In the beginning of this century, after investments in the vinification and quality control areas, the company is fully prepared to face future challenges in wine production, always alert to the market evolution and anxious to satisfy the ever more refined taste of demanding customers.
Grapes from some of the best terroirs of the Dão region, carefully vinified according to classic technology of fermentation of must together with hides.
Aromas of ripe and overripe black fruit made more complex by aromatic notes provided by the oak barrels where it has aged. It is a wine with round tannins and pleasant finish.
- Additional Information
Name Porta Dos Cavaleiros Tinto Country Portugal Region Dão DOC ABV% 13.5% Vintage 2012 Grape Variety 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Alfrocheiro, 30% Aragonês Size 750ml Dietary Information No