Care for the environment, people and care for our region has always been a priority for our family. We can only produce exceptional wines if our environment and the community and companies we work with are healthy, sustainable and resilient. Our grandma has always taught us to respect the land and whoever works on it. He always said: “we’ll only have good wines if we have the best grapes and they’ll only be the best if we care, watch over and cuddle the nature that’s before us”… is what we do every day.
We began with the groundwork for the planting of the vineyards, from the choice of materials used in the vines training to the cultural techniques throughout the vines cycle, among which we highlight: the integrated production adoption, the non-use of herbicides, the planting of vegetation pothole with species that are meliferous or attractive to insects and that also contribute to the preservation of proper water contents in the soil, we promote the development of flora and fauna that helps us to control the expansion of diseases, reincorporation of duly composted vine by-products (skins, leaves, pruning material), we manage packaging, we have a preventive attitude towards the health of the vineyards, etc.
Also regarding the use of irrigation we’re very concerned with the preservation of our water resources, so water is seen as a precious asset and its use is consciously managed only when necessary. These are some examples of the work developed to promote sustainability at Quinta de Santiago and why, in 2018, it was the winner of the “Vineyard and Environment” award and also “Best Vineyard Silver”. Quinta de Santiago is also a “founding member” of The Porto Protocol which aims precisely to establish a platform for sharing and learning sustainable practices in the sector. It’s important to share and learn from the experience of other producers.