Quinta do Quetzal is set in the heart of the Alentejo region on the rich slopes of Vidigueira, close to the oldest known Roman winery in Portugal and Spain. The region’s micro climate and its hills make it the perfect location for a unique terroir. The grapes grow on soil rich in Schist, the local mineral stone. While the area around Quinta do Quetzal is generally sunny and warm, its positioning on the foothills of the Serra do Mendro allows cooler air in from the Atlantic ocean. These conditions lead to big variations in temperature, giving the grapes the heat to ripen and the cooling breezes to recover. Quinta do Quetzal focuses on limited production of concentrated and top quality grapes in order to create a wine that expresses the character of its surroundings.
To complete Quinta do Quetzal, a new building with a restaurant, shop and art center was opened in 2016. The building is partly covered with schist slates. The centre stands out but also seamlessly fits into its surroundings. The use of natural local flora on the estate completes the visitor’s experience of the natural habitat of the Alentejo region.
Cees and Inge de Bruin are collectors and patrons of contemporary art. They, together with their family, have had a warm relationship with Portugal for over 40 years. Through Quinta do Quetzal they hope to share their passion for the Portuguese culture, nature, food and wine. Every year, in collaboration with their daughter, Aveline de Bruin, they create a new exhibition on the estate. Their private contemporary art collection is the starting point for each exhibition.
Their modern wine cellar preserves ancient traditions and techniques used by the Romans and the people of the Alentejo region to produce wine. The grapes are brought into the wine cellar through the pure, natural force of gravity, and transformed into excellent wines in their underground cellars, which provide a naturally cool environment in which the grapes can age gradually.
The name ‘quetzal’, given to this collection of wines, was inherited from the project and the property on which they are produced. The name represents the wines’ origins and their unique nature; they are cultivated from the grapes grown on the richest land at the Quinta do Quetzal, producing grapes at the highest altitudes. These wines are complex and elegant, thanks to a strict selection of castes and careful ageing in barrels. They express the artistic approach they have to life here at the Quinta.