Founded by the Honarable Vasco Faria, it's a family company that has been in the winemaking business since 1920. It is now managed by the founder’s grandson and has 4 estates in Vinho Verde region: 2 in Guimarães (Quinta de Freixieiro and Quinta de Cutiães) and 2 in Famalicão (Quinta de Pereira and Quinta do Xisto) where the Encosta do Xisto wines and sparkling wines are produced using the latest traditional winemaking methods.
In the properties, located in the Minho region, where there are around 24 hectares of vineyards, you can find the best grape varieties around this area. They are used to produce the white wines (Loureiro, Alvarinho, Trajadura and Pedernã), the rosé wines (Espadeiro) and the red wines (Vinhão), all highly regarded in this area.
The grapes are harvested by hand and keeping the wine grape varieties apart allows the wine to be made separately.
Quinta do Xisto, located in Requião (Vila Nova de Famalicão), is where our winery it’s placed and it’s the spot that gives the name to our vinho verde "Encosta do Xisto”. The grapes from another vineyards, that we own in this region, is brought to this estate where we make the vinification to small lots with high quality. So, we can say that our vinho verde born in a hill (Encosta) of the estate Quinta do Xisto, the spot where is located the winery, giving this way the brand name “Encosta do Xisto” to the wine.
The region is often associated with the greenness of its natural surroundings, where there is plenty of water, a rugged landscape of enormous beauty and biodiversity, a landscape that becomes flatter nearer the valleys of the four rivers that cross the region and in the many beaches of its coastal area. The unique and traditionally man-made landscape is characterised by vineyards and maize fields, villages with granite buildings and manor houses which, along with the hospitality of its people, the rich gastronomy and the vibrant traditions are the other features often associated with the region’s character!