Dao Sul

Santar - Nelas – Viseu

40º 34´20.49" N

07º 53´29.88" W

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Dao Sul is the Dao branch of the massive Global Wines conglomerate, which produces wine in other Portuguese regions and Brazil.  Paralleling Sogrape, Santar’s wines are found in most restaurants and retailers. They produce a well made commercial range under the Cabriz label that draws fruit from 200 hectares all over Dao, a middle tier Casa Santar drawn from the estate’s surrounding 100 hectares, and a range of iconic Santar reserves drawn from the estate’s best vineyards.

This visionary company has done an excellent job of restoring the estate’s 17th Century manor and outlying buildings, making a concerted effort to elevate wine tourism and fine dining within the region to the highest international standards. While both winemaking and wine production are ultra-modern and internationally influenced, nevertheless, the wines maintain a fidelity to Dao’s terroir and style.  



Casa de Santar Reseva 2008 14% This Touriga, Roriz and Alfrocheiro blend displays a complex mix of spice, mocca, savoruy red fruits and hints of dried and fresh herbs on the nose.  Smooth and highly polished textures contain a mix of red and black fruit flavors, all finished off with very fine tannins. It has excellent ageing potential.


Casa Santar Branco 2010 This high volume mixture of 50% Encruzado (with Bical and Cerceal) is a crisply clean, well focused wine with subtle peach aromas.  Sharply priced at 3-4eu 


Casa Santar Contessa 2010 A similar blend to Contador it differs with just 50% oak fermentation and less lees stirring. Consequently it’s more linear, crisper and mineral in style. Great wine and beautifully focused, it needs time to reveal its best and should age for decades. 25eu from Santar’s shop. 

Conde de Santar 2008 14.5% The result of low yields and tiny production, this blend of Touriga, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Cao offers broad, complex, floral and red fruit aromas and flavors delivered through an ultra-smooth, fine, elegant palate, with fine tannins and a very long and juicy finish.

Paco do Cunhas de Santar Nature 2009 13.5% Clean, finely honed, with a razer sharp focus, this naturally fermented,  unoaked, organically produced red is a steal at 4-5 eu.  Aromas offer savoury, leather notes over red fruit characters, textures are silky, laced with juicy black cherry fruits and firm, but fine, tannins.

Paco dos Cunhas de Santar Vinha do Contador 2010 14% A blend of 50% Encruzado, 25% Bical & 25% Cerceal, Santar’s top white is produced in 100% new French, low toast, oak and treated to six months of lees stirring  (battonage). Hinting aromatically of nuts cashews and vanilla and subtle quince, similar flavors to aroma through a tight linear style with oak tannins on the finish. It should age for decades. 25eu from Santar’s shop. 


Quinta da Cabriz Bruto 2010 This sparkling blend of equal parts Arinto and Encruzado spends 12 months on lees. Clean, fresh, and elegant, with hints aloe vera aromatics it ends with a fine crisp finish. 7eu locally. 

Quinta da Cabriz CCCC/4C Equal parts of Touriga, Baga, Alfrocheiro and Roriz delivers licorice black fruit characters, ultra-slick, finely focused textures with excellent back palate concentration, transparent multi-layered structures and amazing length.

Quinta da Cabriz Encruzado 2010 50% of this pure Encruzado is aged in new French, low toast, oak barrels. Freshened with tank made wine, the result offers delicate floral and subtle quince aromas, nice linearity and balance. Sold mostly boutique wine shops for 6-7