A KNOWLEDGE SET IN TIME
The Douro Valley, a place only time could forge.
At Kopke we are crafters of unique moments. Everything we do is enhanced by our legacy – our experience, knowledge and passion. This legacy provides us with an important responsibility: we are the oldest of the Port Wine Houses, founded in 1638, many years before the establishment of the Douro Demarcated Wine Region. The choreography between man and nature is perfected by each generation, who have the sole mission to create unique moments for those who demand them.
Kopke’s path as a winegrower is entwined with the history of its location. The Douro was destined to become the chosen stage for this marriage between the will of man and the fruit of nature. It’s hard to say if it was the Kopke family who shaped the Douro or the Douro that shaped the family and the business.
QUINTA SÃO LUIZ
There are special places in the world. Kopke found one of them. Quinta de São Luiz is located on the left bank of the river Douro, near Pinhão, in the parish of Tabuaço. It is an imposing estate, considered one of the most emblematic of the Douro region. The Quinta has gone through two major changes: on the one hand, the construction of the Bagaúste dam, with the consequent rise of the water level and the loss of vineyard land; on the other, the enlargement of the total area with the acquisition of several other properties in the area. The estate is made up of 125 hectares, 90 of which are planted with vines. The main grape varieties grown here are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão. There are also small plots of Tinta Barroca and Souzão. The vines are classified as A, the highest grade in the Demarcated Region of the Douro.