The Encruzado, Cerceal-branco and Bical grapes in this wine are all grown on the Estate. With a citrine color, this wine has floral and apricot aromas. On the palate, it is velvety and fresh and a perfect complement to fresh seafood and shellfish or as an apertif. The grapes were harvested by hand from vineyards whose yearly production does not exceed 8000kg per hectare and brought to the winery in 25kg containers where they are carefully de-stemmed and crushed. Maceration was allowed for 24 hours at a low temperature. Each varietal was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at a temperature of 16o C. Post fermentation ”Batounages” were performed over 30 days prior to malolactic fermentation at 50%.
Associated to Paco dos Cunhas de Santar is Sociedade Agricola de Santar, a manor house of the XVII and XVIIi Centuries. Surrounded by hedges, boxwoods and labyriths of flowers, is a perfectly preserved cellar.
Built in granite, with its historical tiles, it houses in an ancient environment, the most modern and advanced technologies. Top quality wines are produced here, in a 400 year-old structure.
In the balcony of the tasting room, you can taste wines of different ages. Next to the cellar the acclaimed vineyards are surrounded by pine trees and chestnut groves. The high-quality grape varieties produce the acclaimed white and red wines of Casa de Santar, that range from all market requirements, and also the Late Harvest, for dessert.