Robust and rich, the vegan-friendly Vinha do Arco is packed with black fruits, plums, blueberries, violets, thyme, vanilla and smoke. In recent years this wine seems to be becoming more and more elegant, as if Quinta do Ataíde have tamed this vineyard and now make it with much more finesse. Pair with red meats, slow-cooked and herby tomato sauces, black bean chilli or kale cooked with chorizo and garlic.
Quinta do Ataíde ‘Vinha do Arco’ is made from organically farmed estate grown Touriga Nacional grapes. This variety has a special significance for Quinta do Ataíde because it was instrumental in the recovery of Touriga Nacional in the 1890s. It was here that the first ever cloned selection of Touriga Nacional was planted, and cuttings from these vines have been used in many new plantings across Portugal. Today, the pioneering Vinha do Arco vineyard covers 13.75 hectares and is producing wonderfully elegant wines that reflect the Douro’s great wine making tradition and the unique identity of the Vilariça valley.