The Kranemann Wine Estates’ vineyards in the Vale do Rio Távora, namely in the Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águias, enjoy a particularly remarkable Douro location. Our north and northeast facing vineyards at altitudes ranging between 320 and 420 meters above sea level, are unique in the region, and ensure the vines develop at lower than average temperatures.
By respecting and capitalising on this combination of physical characteristics, together with the prevailing poor schist and granite soil, another distinguishing factor in the Douro, we are able to create surprisingly fresh and elegant wines with plenty of character. Although these are key factors, our wines have the body and complexity required for them to age well.
Within the 150 hectares of Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águias we have over 3,500 olive trees, fruit trees and forest alongside 27 hectares of vineyards with plantations dating back to 1970. In adjoining properties, we have another 20 hectares of vineyards. We grow several of the classic Douro grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca for the reds as well as a plot of white Viosinho and Rabigato grapes. As is the case with many of the older wine estates in the Douro wine region, some of the main blends contain mixed grape varieties and produce intriguing wines every single year.
Like much of the Douro, most of the Kranemann Wine Estates’ vineyards are planted in narrow terraces, usually wide enough for only two rows of vines. This means our harvest is exclusively manual, keeping alive practices and traditions of times past.