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About Casa de Eufemia

Casa Santa Eufemia stands out in the Douro as a unique producer of Port, combining both grape growing and winemaking, unlike the region's typical separation of these processes. The Carvalho brothers, Lucia and Pedro, leverage over a century of family expertise to create exquisite aged Tawny Ports and a select assortment of dry wines, influenced by their coastal terroir. For over 100 years, legal restrictions prevented Casa Santa Eufemia's Ports from reaching the global market.

Established by Bemardo Rodrigues de Carvalho in 1894, the estate was barred from vinifying, bottling, or exporting Port until Portugal's EU entry in 1986. Now, they utilize their historic reserves to produce exceptional 20-, 30-, and 40-year-old Tawny Ports, some predating the current generation's involvement. The estate's vineyards, spanning 30 hectares along the Douro River's left bank, are situated in one of the world's oldest demarcated wine regions. The western Cima-Corgo location benefits from a maritime climate, moderating temperatures. These vineyards feature traditional Portuguese field blends, with a variety of grapes growing together.

Home to over 20 indigenous grape varieties, from the renowned Touriga Nacional to rarer, nearly extinct types, the estate meticulously selects specific plots for their special Tawny Port releases, based on the unique characteristics each variety contributes. Casa Santa Eufemia's vineyards, planted on the steep terraces of the Douro Valley, are cultivated without machinery due to the challenging terrain, requiring skilled labor for manual harvest. In the cellar, the reserve wines mature in large, seasoned oak vessels, honoring the family's commitment to crafting complex Tawny Ports and exploring the terroir through a limited range of dry Douro DOC wines.

Additional Details:

  • Producer: Casa de Eufemia
  • Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela, Moscatel Galego, Malvasia Fina, Cercial, Gouveio
  • Labor Practices: Veteran local harvest workers assist Casa Eufemia in harvesting their vineyards on the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley.
  • Sustainable Practices: All vineyards are dry farmed, minimal use of copper & sulfur
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  • Country: Portugal
  • Region: Douro
  • Sub Region: Cima Corgo

Sustainably Farmed

Vegan Process