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 next to it. And as he suffered no injury, he immediately decided to build a chapel in recognition of what he considered a miracle.
Quinta do Escudial is a family-owned company located at the bottom of the Serra da Estrela mountain. The vineyards are planted on poor granitic soils 600 meters above sea level. Low temperatures and humidity during the winter and high temperatures in the summer. The original 3.5 hectares of older vines from the ’50s at Quinta do Escudial [were] joined in 2003 by a further three hectares of vineyards planted with traditional Dão varieties (Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Roriz).
José, a former electrical engineer, and wife, Estefânia, a teacher, founded the estate in 2003. Their personal taste led Quinta do Escudial to “bet on the exclusive production of unoaked wines.” They say, “It’s not a flag, it’s just a concept.”