The Quinta do Infantado wines and Ports are grown, made and bottled at the Quinta (Estate), located in Pinhão at an altitude of 150m above sea level in the Cima Corgo, the Douro sub-region known for making the best Ports and dry wines. This winery was established in 1816 by D. Pedro IV, the Portuguese crown heir, as a place where they could collect taxes, which were then paid in grapes or wine. This is the origin of the Quinta's name: Infantado derives from Infante, the Portuguese for Prince. The Roseira family has owned Quinta do Infantado for over a century. Joao Roseira looks after the vineyards and oversees the winemaking and his sister-in-law Paula looks after the marketing of their wines.
All the Quinta do Infantado vineyards are class A (the best in the Douro Valley). The grapes for the White Port are grown in the Serra de Cotas, Pousado and Vale de Moinhos vinyeards in Conselho and Cima Corgo subregions of the Douro. The three plots cover a total of 6 hectares of vineyards at a height of between 200-350 metres above sea level. They are planted on schistous soils.
The grapes were hand-picked and partially destemmed before fermentation, which took place in lagar (open tanks), with skin contact for the first two days. Fermentation was stopped by adding 77% alcohol spirit. The final product is a blend of wine aged in old tonneau and barrels for three years and a younger wine which has been aged in tank.
Golden in colour, this white port is fresh with citrus fruit and peach aromas and a touch of almond nuttiness from the oak ageing. With 58g/l residual sugar, it is slightly sweet and best drunk as an aperitif.