Lavradores translates as ‘farmers’ in Portuguese and Cheda wines are made by fifteen families of farmers that have been making wines in the Douro for decades. Together they own 19 quintas throughout the three sub-regions of the Douro Valley. They came together to share resources, expertise, tradition and innovation and to make wines that reflect the great diversity of terroir in the Douro under one roof, with one approach and one winemaking team. The Cheda range offers fantastic value from the heart of the Douro Valley – bright, youthful, approachable styles of wine.
Vines are planted on the steepest of slopes and cultivated by the strongest grafters in the Douro, working stony soil that could not be used for anything other than grape production. Located in deep valleys, protected by mountains, the influencing climate is characterised by very cold winters and hot, dry summers. A huge diversity of climate and soil go into these wines from three Sub-Regions of the Douro Valley: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. Fermentation and aging is carried out in stainless steel and the wine does not undergo any oak aging. This wine is a blend of traditional Douro varieties; Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Malvasia Fina, Gouveio, Siria, many of which are more famously used for Port production.
Vibrant ruby red in colour, this wine is very fruit driven. Enticing aromas of ripe dark plums and black cherry leap out of the glass with a hint of violet and mint. The palate is generous with juicy blueberry and plum fruit and fine, elegant tannins. It is silky smooth with well-balanced acidity. It has an elegant finish with a touch of earthiness.
This would be delicious with a slowly roasted pork shoulder or a herb crusted rack of lamb.