Familia Carvalho-Martins

Douro, Portugal



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The Quinta Valle do Olmo estate has been a part of the Carvalho-Martins family for four generations. It is situated in the town of Mêda, which gives its name to this section of the Douro, within the official sub-region Douro Superiore.  The vines are situated at an elevation of 530 to 575 meters on soils of schist, of differing types, metamorphic rock formed from clay over millions of years.  It was founded in the early 1900s by Augusto Carvalho, who planted the vines, and sold the crop to Port wine companies.  His grandson Manuel Carvalho-Martins, realized the potential of this schist terroir at high altitude for fine table wines, and planted autochthonous varieties—Rabigato, Visionho, Gouveio, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Franca, to name some, and it is for this latest generation, Vasco and Rui Carvalhos-Martin, to recently begin bottling the production and offering the wines for sale.

At this altitude and with a climate of warm days and cool nights, bud break is late, and the grapes mature slowly, with low pH, excellent acidity, and striking minerality.  Also in this climate the risk of normal maladies is lessened, and the family is now converting from sustainable to organic viticulture.  The average of the vines is about 25 years, and of course, all grapes are hand-harvested.


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Golpe Blanc Rabigato, Voisinho & Gouveio 25+ years Schist Soils Sustainable
Contra Golpe Rouge 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz, 25% Tourgia Franca Avg. 25 years Schist Soils Sustainable
Golpe Rouge Touringa Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca Avg. 25 years Schist Soils Sustainable