WHERE THE WINE FINDS THE ART
The Farm was founded by the renowned Portuguese sculptor José Joaquim Teixeira Lopes and his wife Rachel Pereira de Meirelles, where its name comes from. His sons António and José, renowned sculptor and architect, also participated in the founding of Quinta Vila Rachel, which has always been involved in the production of wine and olive oil, being an inspiration to their art.
Six generations later, the Farm is still managed by the descendants of the Founders, under the direction of Tiago Cartageno, who also belongs to the Barros Cartageno family, producers of Port Wine since the 18th century in Ribatua.
Nowadays, and following a strong family tradition, Quinta Vila Rachel continues to produce wines following artisanal methods of natural and organic winemaking.
It was founded around 1880 in the area of Ribatua ( São Mamede de Ribatua) in a magnificent place over Tua Valley, very close to the north margin of Douro River. Ribatua is also placed in the heart of the Douro Wine Region, more precisely in Cima-Corgo, which is a region with superior quality for the production of Port Wine and Table wines. Because of the privileged location of the Estate, since its foundation, Quinta Vila Rachel has been producing grapes for Port and Table Wines.
The main house was projected by the son of the Founder, José Teixeira Lopes. Its a very fine house with a large warehouse next to it where is placed the Winery.
The concept of Art is something that always followed the founders of Quinta Vila Rachel. António Teixeira Lopes, alongside is own Professor Soares dos Reis, was considered one of the best Portuguese Sculptures of all time, having also received the most important international prize of art of that time, the Grand prix of the Paris Salon ( 1900 ). This way, the interiors of the House are full with works of art created by the two founding sculptors, serving as a perfect artistic chronology of their work along the decades.