ESCUDIAL, a name that clearly evokes the floral games of city fidalgos, the traditional battles on Midsummer’s Eve and festivals in honour of great figures from Portuguese history.
A storm blew down the Great Cedar and Escudial thus losing its tall king of the hills, whose spreading branches had been much appreciated by the crowds on feast days.
When the gigantic tree fell down, Alfredo Augusto de Frias de Eça Ribeiro, the owner of Quinta do Escudial, was walking right past it. And as he suffered no injury, he immediately decided to build a chapel in recognition of what he considered a miracle.
The original 3.5 hectares of older vines at Quinta do Escudial have been joined in 2003 by a further 3 hectares of vineyards planted with traditional Dão varieties (Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz).
The personal taste of the producer and the final consumers demand for “different” wines led Quinta do Escudial to engage in the exclusive production of “UNOAKED” wines. During the wine process, the wine is kept exclusively in stainless steel vats and then in glass bottles.