Our Philosophy

Over the last three decades and with the greatest care we have established Quinta das Marias as an exclusive winery planted solely with indigenous grape varieties. Our wines reflect the elegance, profundity and finesse, which can only be found in the Dão thanks to its outstanding climate  and its extraordinary terroir. As a family business, we value uncompromising quality above all else. It is because of precisely this that we can compete for the preference of the most demanding wine lovers in the global market.

Peter and Elisabeth Eckert

The Quinta

The Story

In the 80s I managed the subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group in Portugal. During my frequent business trips throughout the country I grew very fond of the Dão region around Viseu. In 1991, my wife Elisabeth and I bought four hectares of abandoned land and a house, which resembled a ruin more than a habitable dwelling, in Oliveira do Conde. We called the farm «Quinta das Marias» as Elisabeth and our three daughters, Ester, Isabel and Julia, all have Maria as one of their names.

Firstly, we employed António Coelho Lopes as our caretaker, bought a tractor and planted two hectares of new vines. Thanks to the purchase of additional, bordering land we have since reached twelve hectares. It was important to us that we were not only investors: we wanted to work with our hands and create wine ourselves. With the aid of Eng.  António Narciso and hard work, I taught myself to become the «Winemaker» of Quinta das Marias.

Legal requirements oblige us to only use grapes of our own production. These grapes are looked after with the greatest care, from the first pruning in winter right up to the harvest. From the very start, there was a clear determination and obligation to only produce wines of the highest quality. We believe that they should represent the Dão’s typical elegance and therefore withstand  tough global competition.

We produced our first good wines in 1998. In 1999, Quinta das Marias already won a gold medal in the competition of the Dão DOC authority. The biggest highlight to date was the awarding of “Best Single-Variety Wine of the Year” for the Touriga-Nacional Reserva 2011 at the Portugal Wine Challenge – the most important wine competition in the country.

In 2012, the famous Portuguese wine journalist Rui Falcão wrote in the magazine «Fugas» about Quinta das Marias: «The story of the family Eckert shows eloquently how passion overrides reason, how a dream commands life and how love and passion can overcome all obstacles … In no time Quinta das Marias reached the top of the hierarchy of the Dão and serves as a great reference and role model in the region.»

The Facts

Founded 1991

Position Quinta das Marias lies embedded between Serra de Caramulo and Serra de Estrela in the heart of the Dão – Portugal’s oldest DOC region. (DOC = Denominação de Origem Conotrolada)

District Viseu, Municipality Carregal do Sal Freguesia Oliveira do Conde

Climate Ideal for the cultivation of premium wine: cool and rainy winters, dry summers with hot days and cool nights (with up to 20° difference in temperature).

Soil Deep granite soil. No irrigation.

Average Harvest White: 4,000l/hectares , Red: 3,500l/hectares

Size

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Vineyards 12ha

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White Varieties

Encruzado 83%
Uva-Cão 6%
Gouveio 6%
Barcelo 5%

Red Varieties

Touriga Nacional 49%
Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) 31%
Alfrocheiro 10%
Jaen (Mencia) 9%

The People

Elisabeth and Peter Eckert, Owners

Elisabeth Eckert is responsible for the property of the Quinta. From the almost entirely dilapidated house she has created a rustic home for both the whole family, and the many guests and visitors. She accompanies Peter Eckert to countless fairs and tastings. During the Vindima she looks after the wellbeing of the helpers and she also lends a hand with bottling and labelling.

Peters Eckert is responsible for the production of our wines. His favourite time of the year is the Vindima – the harvest. But he also spends a lot of time in the wine cellar throughout the year. He loves manual labour such as pumping, filtering, arranging perfect blends and tasting. «This is completely different to my previous work in insurance. Back then, everything was abstract; today everything is clear and specific.»

Victor Lopes
Farm Manager

Victor joined Quinta das Marias in January 2013. Initially he worked in multiple roles, with a focus on logistics and administration. After the sudden death of his father António Coelho Lopes, who played a major part in the building up of Quinta das Marias from the very beginning in 2014, Victor had to follow in his father’s footsteps earlier than anticipated. Today, Victor Lopes represents Peter Eckert when absent, takes care of the distribution of work, personnel, logistics and a great part of the administration.

José Faria
Vineyard Manager

After the death of António Coelho Lopes, José Faria was given full responsibility over the vines, which he had been looking after since 2010. José had worked in a big agricultural business in France for over ten years and looked after many replantings in the Dão. He loves nature and fresh air – to him an office resembles a prison.

Eng. Luís Lopes
Our new Enologist

As from the 1s of August 2018, Luís joined our team as the new responsible Enologist of Quinta das Marias. After his studies in Portugal, he gained additional experiences in France, Germany and New Zealand. For the last eight years, he worked as Enologist with a sizeable Dão wine producer. We are very pleased to have Luís with us as he brings new ideas and great experience and we wish him all a warm welcome !

Fátima Ventura
Part-time Employee

Fátima is our part-time employee helping José Faria with bigger or more pressing work in the vineyard and being of great assistance during the Vindima.

Ricardo Pereira
Member of staff

With Ricardo joining us in March 2020, we were putting the icing on top of the cake and are now a complete team. Young, willing and multifaceted, Ricardo will provide the necessary support to the vineyard and the winery.

Wines

Encruzado

Dão DOC, 2019

For almost 15 years we have been producing a wine made 100% out of the indigenous Encruzado grape. It was the beginning of a story for us and for all our faithful customers and friends. Every year we would like to increase the number of fans for this wine, therefore working carefully to maintain the genuine profile of this grape variety in its region, the Dão.

As a delicate variety while young, the Encruzado shows its full potential for many years in the bottle.

Grape Variety: Encruzado. Vines were planted between 1991 and 2006

Date of harvest: 13th – 14th September 2019

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and immedi-ately brought to the winery, where they undergo hand selection, destemming for skin contact during 18 hours. Pressing and decantation followed by fermenta-tion in stainless steel tanks with temperature control. After fermentation the wine aged for 3 months on light lees, first month and half with „bâtonnage“.

Production:17 900 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: February of 2020

Analysis: Alcohol: 13,3 Vol. %, Total Acidity 6,29 gr/L Saccharose/Glucose/Fructose : 1.0 g/L

Responsible for this wine: Peter Viktor Eckert

Farm Manager: Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager: José Faria

Winemaking Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Barricas

Dão DOC, 2017

After the success of the last vintage, we decided to maintain the blend of grapes with the Encruzado as the main contributor. To complement our successful white “Premium” profile, we have privileged the fermentation in French oak and the ageing on thin lees but for a shorter period than in the previous year.

We are very pleased with the result, as we have achieved a good balance between fruit, acidity and volume in the palate.

Grape Variety: Encruzado 75%, Sémillon, Gou-veio & Barcelo 25

Date of harvest: 22th of September 2017

Wine Making: he grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. The must is cooled down and goes for skin contact during 24 hours. The barrel fermentation took place in French oak barrels (2 new and 3 used). “Bâtonnage” during 12 months.

Production: 1800 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: March of 2019

Analysis Alcohol: 13.4 % Vol. Total Acidity 4.80 gr/L. Residual Sugar 2.3 gr/L.

Responsible for this wine: Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager: Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager: José Faria

Winemaker Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Vin Naturel

Dão DOC, 2017

The goal of our newest project Vin Naturel was to produce a white wine free of any ideology with a minimum of human intervention. After simple decanting of the lees we used natural yeast for the fermentation. There was no further treatment before filtering and bottling.

The aim of our project „Vin Naturel“: A wine free of ideology produced with minimal human intervention. Conditions: Stable for at least five years and of a visual appearence appealing for all consumers.

Grape Varieties Gouveio, Barcelo & Sémillon

Date of harvest 8.9.2017

Wine making The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo sorting, destemming and pressing. Decanting from the gross lee, spontaneous fermentation at 16°C. This wine did not undergo any further treatment before filtering and bottling.

Production 1170 bottles (75cl)

Bottling March of 2018

Alcohol 13 % Vol.
Total acidity 5.55 g/L
L Saccharose/D-Glucose/D-Fructose 2 g/L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard manager José Faria

Consulting Enologist Eng°. A. Narciso

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Rosé

Dâo DOC, 2019

Our 2019 Rosé is a refreshingly fruity, crisp wine with precisely the right touch of summer sweetness. It’s the perfect choice for those hot days spent by the pool, and cool nights shared with friends around the dinner table. Capturing our continued passion for crafting truly memorable wines, its balanced flavour will delightfully linger in your thoughts long after summer has gone.

Grape Variety: Alfrocheiro Preto

Date of harvest: 17th of September 2019

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery, where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. After, they are cooled down and smoothly pressed. Decantation follo-wed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks with temperature control during 15 days. After fermentation the wine aged for 3 months on light lees, first month with „bâtonnage“.

Production: 1300 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: February of 2020

Analysis: Alcohol: 12,90 Vol. %, Total Acidity 6,40 gr/L Saccharose/Glucose/Fructose: 0,6 g/L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Winemaking Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Lote

Dão DOC, 2017

The Lote is the traditional “Real Blend”, combining the expression of tradition with the identity of the Dão. Made from the four red grape varieties planted in our Quinta: Touriga-Nacional, Tinta-Roriz, Jaen e Alfrocheiro.

Our Lote is a gastronomic wine that well accompanies your daily meal.

Grape Varieties: Touriga-Nacional 50%, Tinta-Roriz 35%, Jaen 10% e Alfrocheiro 5%, Vines planted between 1991 and 2003.

Date of harvest: 23rd of August 2017

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Fermentation in traditional granite gagars and “ganimede” fermenters. Malolactic fermentation and ageing in new and used (4th year) French oak barriques during 16 months.

Production: 9850 bottles of 75cl, 580 bottles «Magnum» of 150cl

Bottling: March of 2019

Analysis: Alcohol: 14.3 % Vol. Total Acidity 5.91 gr./L Saccharose/Glucose/Fructose: 0.4 gr./L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Winemaker Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Alfrocheiro

Dão DOC, 2017

Alfrocheiro is a very sought after specialty of our Quinta. We  share this appreciation because it revives our fondest memories of our Dão wine region. We believe that Alfrocheiro is at the same time our salt, our aromatic herbs and pepper, recognizing a striking and unique profile with an attractive aroma and flavour, as elegant as it is intense.

Grape Variety: 100% Alfrocheiro, Vines planted in 1991.

Date of harvest: 20th of September 2017

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Fermentation in a traditional granite lagar. Malolactic Fermentation and ageing in French oak barriques (2nd, 3rd use) during 12 months.

Production: 1288 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: June of 2019

Analysis: Alcohol 13.5% Vol. pH 3.56, Total Acidity 6.21 gr/L, Saccharose/D-Glucose/D-Fructose: 1.1 gr./L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Consulting Enologist: Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Cuvée TT Reserva

Dão DOC, 2017

This well-matched modern blend of Touriga-Nacional and Tinta-Roriz (Tempranillo), combines the structure and aromas of one with the consistency and longevity of the other. A superbly gastronomic wine!

Grape Variety: 60% Touriga-Nacional and 40% Tinta -Roriz (Tempranillo). Vines planted in 2001.

Date of harvest: 14th of September 2017

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Fermentation in traditional granite lagars and in a Ganimede Fermenter. Barrique ageing in French oak (1st and 2nd year) during 12 months.

Production: 6060 bottles of 75cl, 270 magnums (150cl)

Bottling: June of 2019

Analysis Alcohol: 13,5% Vol., Total Acidity 5,95 gr./L Saccharose/Fructose/Glucose: 1,4 gr/L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Consulting Enologist: Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Touriga Nacional Reserva

Dão DOC, 2016

This versatile variety never fails but will always surprise us! From one year to the other, we work on our 3 distinctive plots to understand their identity. In each harvest, Nature leads us to the best of the three. In 2016, the best grapes came from the “Porto” plot, due to its exposure and the availability of water in the soil that helped the maturation to be long and regular, creating a good balance between acidity, color and tannins.

2016 is an excellent version of Touriga-Nacional.

Grape Variety 100% Touriga-Nacional

Date of harvest 30th of September 2016

Wine Making The grapes are handpicked and immediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Fermentation in Ganimede Fermenters. Malolactic Fermentation and ageing in French oak barriques (20% new, 80% second use) during 10 months.

Production 6300 bottles of 75cl

Bottling May of 2017

Analysis Alcohol 14,1 % Vol. Total Acidity 5,19 gr Saccharose/D-Glucose/D-Fructose 1,0 gr./L

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Farm Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Consulting Enologist: Eng°. António Narciso

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Reserva Especial

Dão DOC, 2017

First time at our state, with 2017 vintage, we have the prestigious quality mention of “Reserva Espe- cial”, which means a very high quality wine, what gives great value and satisfaction of our work!

Grape Variety: 100% Touriga-Nacional

Date of harvest: 30.09.2017

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and im-mediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Fermenta-tion in Ganimede Fermenters. Malolactic Fermenta-tion and ageing in French oak barriques (70% new, 30% second use) during 16 months.

Production: 4150 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: February of 2020

Analysis 14 % Vol. Total Acidity 6,03 gr, pH 3,68 Saccharose/D-Glucose/D-Fructose 1,4 gr.

Responsible for this wine Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager José Faria

Consulting Enologist: Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Garrafeira

Dão DOC, 2015

After 2005 and 2010 we produced in 2015 our third Garrafeira. According to the Portuguese DOC-regulations, Garrafeira is the highest quality level, just after «Reserva», and has to fulfil especially strict standards. Approximately every five years we produce a Garrafeira with high quality grapes and small yields from the oldest vines of the Quinta das Marias. The wine matures to two thirds in new French 225 L barriques. The Garrafeira is a highly elegant, multifaceted wine with delicate tannins and balanced acidity – the perfect companion to a nice meal.

It is by sheer coincidence that we follow the sequence of producing every five years – after 2005 and 2010 – a red Garrafeira. Made from the very best Touriga-Nacional grapes harvested from the oldest plot of our Quinta das Marias, we carefully crafted an extraordinary wine that you can keep for 15 years without any problems, provided you do not succomb to the temptation to taste it before, what is most likely!

Grape Varieties: 100 % Touriga-Nacional

Date of harvest: 5.10.2015

The grapes are handpicked and immediately brough to the winery where they undergo destemming and crushing. Fermentation in Ganimede fermenters. Malolactic fermentation and ageing in Frechn oak barrique of the very best quality, 40% are new and 60% of second use.

Production: 4200 bottles of 75cl

Bottling: February of 2017

Analysis: Alc.: 13.5 % Vol., Total Acidity: 5.87 gr/L, Residual Sugar: 1.0 gr/L, pH 3.72

Responsible for this wine:

Owner & Wine Maker: Peter Viktor Eckert

Assistant Manager: Victor Lopes

Vineyard Manager: José Faria

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Out of the Box

To commemorate the three decades of our presence in the Dão, we decided to create an edition of wines we named „Out of the Box“. In 2018 we welcomed to our team the young and innovative winemaker Luís Lopes who has already brought new ideas and a new philosophy to our Quinta. The first result is a new collection of unique and special wines that we will be releasing over time.

Comodato

Dão DOC 2018

In the summer of 2018, all  varieties from our vineyards were identified and catalogued by an experienced classifier, This work gave rise to several micro-vinifications that ultimately originated in this first “out of the box” white wine, named Quinta das Marias – Vinha do Comodato. We reused for this wine the very first white wine label released in 1996.

Grape variety: Encruzado 60%, Semillon 15%, Bar-celo 5%, Assaraky 15% & Verdelho 5%

Date of harvest: 17th – 19th Septembre

Winemaking: The grapes are handpicked and immedi-ately brought to the winery, where they undergo hand selection, destemming for skin contact during 20 hours. Pressing and decantation is followed by fermen-tatio in a stainless steel tank and barriques with tempe-rature control. After fermentation the wine is aged for 5 months on light lees.

Production: 3300 bottles of 75 cl

Bottling: March of 2019

Alcohol: 13 Vol. %, Total Acidity 6,10 g/L Saccharose/Glucose/Fructose : 0.4 g/L

Responsible for this wine:
Owner: Peter Viktor Eckert
Assistant Manager: Victor Lopes
Vineyard Manager: José Faria
Winemaking: Eng°. Luís Lopes

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Barcelo

Dão DOC 2018

From the field blend vineyard, some rows were catalogued for the first time with the Barcelo variety. Especially for its subtlety and organoleptic persistence, but also for the historical component of this variety in the Dão region and because we want it not to be only a reference to the past of our region, we have maintained and will increase its production.

Grape variety: 100% Barcelo

Date of harvest: 17th September

Vinificação: The grapes are handpicked and immedia-tely brought to the winery. Full bunch pressing direct to the barrel. Spontaneous fermentation with tempera-ture control during 38 days. After fermentation the wine is aged for 8 months on light lees, followed by unfiltered bottling.

Production: 260 bottles of 75 cl

Production: June of 2019

Alcohol: 12,6 Vol. %, Total Acidity 6,95 gr/L Saccharose/Glucose/Fructose : 0.5 g/L, pH: 3,25

Responsible for this wine:
Owner: Peter Viktor Eckert
Assistant Manager: Victor Lopes
Vineyard Manager: José Faria
Winemaking: Eng°. Luís Lopes

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SEM

Dão DOC 2019

During a wine event in Zurich, we came up with the idea of ​​making a wine WITHOUT adding sulfites.

The 2018 harvest also brought this challenge and as the result was very good, we decided to bottle this wine, which satisfied our curiosity and ambition as well as the customers who came to us asking for this type of wines.

Grape Varieties: 100% Tinta Roriz

Date of harvest: 26.09.2019

Wine Making: The grapes are handpicked and im-mediately brought to the winery where they undergo hand selection, destemming and crushing. Premaceration and fermentation with low extraction in a small lagar. Malolactic fermentation in tank followed by ageing oak.

SEM, is a red wine made without sulfites. We started this project in 2018 with the intention of studying the past, the present and the future of the winemaking.
A few bottles of the same wine were also bottled, but with sulfites, so we can follow and study its evolution over the years in the bottle.

Production: 530 bottles of 75 cl

Bottling: July of 2020

Analysis: Alcohol 14,5% Vol. pH 3,82, Total Acidity 5,59 gr/L, Volatile Acidity 0,54 gr/L, Saccharose/D-Glucose/D-Fructose: 0,9 gr./L

Responsible for this wine:
Owner & Wine Maker: Peter Viktor Eckert
Assistant Manager: Victor Lopes
Vineyard manager: José Faria
Winemaker: Luís Lopes

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CONTACT

Peter Eckert – Vinhos Lda.
Oliveira do Conde
3430 – 364 Carregal do Sal
Portugal

Phone: +351 93 580 70 31
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LOCATION

GPS 40.442634, -7.967985
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