- 35% Touriga Nacional
- 30% Touriga Franca
- 27% Tinta Roriz
- 3% each Sousão & Tinta Barroca
- 2% Tinta Cão
In 1877, Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, owner of the largest winemaking estate in the Douro, purchased 300 hectares of virgin land at auction from the Vila Nova de Foz Côa municipality. Her dream was to create a model vineyard from nothing, using for this the vast experience she had acquired throughout a lifetime as a Douro landowner. This ambitious project took eight years to complete, from 1887 to 1895. Sadly, this grand lady’s pleasure in her last and most significant enterprise was of short duration as she died in 1896. Since then, the estate always remained in the hands of her descendants. In the 1970s, her great-great-great-grandson, Francisco Javier de Olazabal became responsible for its management and he began the long and laborious process of acquiring the shares that belonged to his kin and to other co-owners of the property. In 1994, he and his children became the sole owners of the Quinta. Until then, the grapes from the estate were sold to A.A. Ferreira S.A., the company established by Dona Antónia’s descendants, where they formed the basis of some its finest wines. This connection continued until 1998 when Francisco Javier de Olazabal resigned as Managing Director of A.A. Ferreira S.A. to dedicate himself, together with his oenologist son Francisco de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, to producing, ageing and marketing the wines from the Quinta through a new company, F. Olazabal & Filhos Lda.
The Quinta vineyards were subject to a major reconversion and replanting beginning in the 1980s. The new vineyards were planted with blocks of single-variety vines, most especially Touriga Nacional, a varietal that until then had practically been abandoned in the Douro. This varietal has proven to be particularly well suited to the edapho-climateric characteristics of the Upper Douro and it contributes greatly to the quality and originality of the Quinta wines. Their complexity is guaranteed by the careful use of the different types of soil that exist in the Quinta - schistose, granitic and alluvial. The winery's aim is to uphold the originality and complexity of their wines by exploring, to the utmost, the combination of the different traditional Douro varietals grown. They also give preference to combining traditional winemaking methods in lagares with modern technologies.
"This family-run quinta, Vale Meão, is located in the far eastern edge of the upper Douro valley. I travelled to this beautiful estate by car, then a slow train, and finally a stomach-churrning, edge-of-the-cliff gravel road drive in 4x4. However, as the steep, vine-covered terraced came into view, all became clear. A ferric outcrop with red soils and rocky, near-vertical hillsides offers the perfect terroir for world-class touriga nacional. This is an expressive fresh delight with real depth and complexity, dense fruit and vibrant acidity and minerality. It is a wine built to age, but offering early drinking with good decanting. " - Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post, 12 June 2016
"The name of the wine comes from the huge horseshoe bend of the Douro River that surrounds the Meão vineyards on three sides. This is the second wine of the estate, ripe with tannins and packed with black fruits. It is developing quickly and will be ready to drink from late 2016." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast April 2016
" The 2013 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 12% miscellaneous grapes aged for 12 months in second and third use Allier barriques. After finishing the first round of tasting, I poured out the glass and took a new one just to make sure I wasn’t mixing this up with the Estate Tinto. This Meandro did eventually become a bit less exuberant with air, but it seems full in the mouth on first taste, certainly relative to this level, and bursting with flavor as it airs out and opens up. All the while, it is very elegant. Everything this winery makes is just that, of course. There’s a bit of a backbone, too. This is a good bargain in most years, but this year perhaps more than most because while the quality may be up, the price is also coming down--a nice twist to the typical story. " – 92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires, March 2016
"The Douro river loops around the vineyards of Meão in a big meander, hence the name of this second wine from the estate. It has richness along with the fresh fruits and wonderful juicy acidity of the vintage. Underlying tannins lend their structure and promise medium-term aging." Drink from 2018. — 92 points, Wine Enthusiast, R.V, EDITOR’S CHOICE, June 2015
"From the Douro Superior. Aromatic with garrigue herbs, juniper and lovely black fruits; structured and supple." 18/20 (93 points), Decanter Magazine, February 2015