"Quinta do Vallado, built in 1716, is one of the oldest and more famous “quintas” in the Douro Valley."

Our mission

How does one survive for three centuries in the Douro, a region renowned for its "nine months of winter and three months of hell", known for putting to test those who venture on its hillsides? The perfect example of survival in the Douro is condensed in these two words: Cistus Ladanifer.

The odds are you will not recognise them. And maybe you will be surprised to learn that this is the scientific name of one the most symbolic plant species in the Douro Valley: The Rock-Rose Cistus, locally known as Esteva.

Cistus Ladanifer

Of Greek origin, the name Esteva comes from the word ‘ ciste ’, which means basket ( cesto in Portuguese). The Esteva's name was inspired by its fruits, which grow as rou...

The Esteva leaves no one indifferent - and this is the impact we seek to instil into our wines.

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