Alvaro Castro

Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Dão, Beiras
People: Alvaro Castro, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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Wines of Portugal: Álvaro Castro A review of one of Portugal's top winegrowers

Álvaro Castro is one of the leading producers in Portugal’s Dão region. He began life as a civil engineer, but when he inherited his property in 1980, he began to devote himself to the craft of making wine. Thirty years later, his wines express elegance, finesse, and terroir, while we works to keep alcohol levels under 13.5 percent, preferring a more subtle, balanced wine.

He collaborates with his daughter Maria in the winemaking process. He owns two Quintas: Saes where he lives and where the winery is located; Pellada on a hillside with expansive views and an old grand house he’s restoring, close to the rugged Serra d’Estrela National Park. His vineyards produce indigenous Portuguese grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, and Sercial.

Wine Advocate 8/31/2018
"This is one of Portugal's leading winemakers in a region that doesn't often register much in the USA—which is very sad. Fresh, balanced and Burgundian (at least the reds for that Burgundian part), Castro's wines age effortlessly, and they are distinctive."


  • Alvaro Castro 2016 'Quinta de Saes' Tinto, Dao DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (8/31/2018)

    The 2016 Tinto Quinta de Saes is a blend of 30% each of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro, 25% Jaen and the rest Tinta Roriz. About half the barrels were aged for 14 months, the other half for 18 months, in well-used French barriques (8+ years old). It comes in at 13% alcohol. In many respects, this is merely a fruity little red, but the concentration and structure for the level distinguish it to some extent. Then, it adds typical freshness, making it lively. This is very well done. It can hold too, not that it is intended to age. The point here is to be fruity and fresh. Dive in.