Quinta de Sant'Ana
Quinta de Sant’Ana (* see the excellent visit report by Jamie Goode under 'Press Articles' on the right) is situated in Gradil, near Mafra, at the heart of the newly re-christened 'Lisboa' wine region– the region that traditionally supplied Lisbon with fresh fruit, wine, vegetables, milk and meat. It is an historic estate, directly bordering the 1187-hectare ‘Tapada de Mafra’ – the former hunting estate of the Portuguese kings, today a wildlife park and nature reserve.
Owned and run by Englishman James Frost and his family, Quinta de Sant’Ana is divided into 11.5 hectares of vineyards, 20 hectares of woodland and 12 hectares of orchards and paddocks. Winemaking is their principal activity.
The vineyards are within a few miles of the coast and benefit from a cool morning and evening climate, permitting some surprising varieties to be planted. Riesling (three different clones -one from Alsace and two from Mosel), Pinot Noir, Alvarinho and Verdelho all feature in small quantity. 2009 is the first vintage of these experimental plantings. 2013 wine presentation
Food and wine matching - click the link
Robert Parker points awards
The Quinta was recently (late 2011) visited by the Robert Parker team with very good results. Click here for full details
If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, Quinta de Sant'Ana have small cottages to let (as well as a four bed house with pool). It is a little piece of absolute paradise just 30 minutes from Lisbon airport. And if you are thinking of getting married - they do weddings too! See www.quintadesantana.com for full details about this amazing little estate
Interview with owner James Frost, in the vineyard
Sant'Ana red 2011
- we call this the 'baby' red. Lovely leafy, blackcurrant fruit. Light to medium bodied, elegant. It is the door opener for the estate's wine range. Not 'Quinta' so as not to confuse it with the 'original' red, below. But the wine is made entirely frome estate fruit.
Quinta de Sant’Ana Red 2010 - video tasting note here
2009 – 50% Touriga Nacional, 40% Aragones, 10% Merlot
Quinta de Sant’Ana Reserve Red 2007, Homenagem
100% Aragones aged in French oak for 12 months
Quinta de Sant’Ana White 2011 - video tasting note here
100% Fernao Pires. No oak
Quinta de Sant’Ana Sauvignon 2011 -video tasting note here
100% Sauvignon – very limited availablility. Exceptional quality. No oak
Alvarinho 2011 (2009 still available UK bond)
Verdelho 2011 (2009 still available UK bond)
Pinot Noir 2009 -
Here is the Portuguese TV programme Hora de Baco featuring Quinta de Sant´Ana (in Portuguese)