Quinta de Chocapalha
Quinta De Chocapalha has been at the forefront of the Portuguese revolution in wine making. Modern, fruit driven wine styles are the order of the day here, all made in probably the least famous wine region in Portugal. Long associated with high volume production and indifferent wine, Quinta De Chocapalha have proven what can be done in the Lisboa region (formerly Estremadura), an appellation north of that more famous capital city.
Quinta De Chocapalha is certainly not short on history, despite its decidedly modern approach to winemaking. The property has enjoyed a succession of nobility, having been passed to the Scottish noble Diogo Duff in the 15th century. Duff was no fool and he kept the estate in his family for centuries, each generation enjoying the spoils of this grand Quinta. Wine has been grown on the property since the 16th century in fact. Then, in the 1980s Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva fell in love with Chocapalha and decided this was the place to realise their winemaking dream. They have invested heavily in the property and have worked monumentally hard to raise the quality and reputation of their wines.
In 2000, the proud owners were finally satisfied they had achieved that benchmark and started bottling the Quinta de Chocapalha wines. Today, this small, family run estate produces some of the best wines in Portugal today.