Duarte de Deus, agronomist and winemaker, started working in 2004. He has worked with some respected winemakers, such as the Australian Peter Bright who was considered the world’s best winemaker in 1993, and who most influenced Duarte’s style. Torre de Palma’s wine project was embraced by Duarte in 2017. This has resulted in a few exceptional wines (in the process of ageing) as well as some ideas to be developed and launched in the future.
We have planted 7 different varietals in 7 hectares of a light clay soil with a touch of limestone, schist, sandstone and marble. The vineyard is influenced by the harsh climate of the São Mamede hills, namely wide temperature variations – which are of paramount importance to extend grapes’ maturation period. The rugged soil and the vineyard’s position allow for a strong natural ventilation. To put it simply, we have the perfect conditions to produce unique wines in line with the surrounding nature.
Torre de Palma’s hallmark is its boutique winery, which also symbolizes the estate’s wine culture. The main aim was to build a traditional winery with its small marbled (marble from the region) wine-presses, where the grapes are trodden and the red ones fermented. One can also find refrigerated cement deposits. Lastly, this area includes a room with large wooden barrels and a wine tasting room.