Villa Oeiras is the sole remaining producer of Carcavelos and was born of a partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and municipality of Oeiras in 1983. Located in the former stables of the Marquis do Pombal at the Casal do Manteiga, its 12.5-hectares are planted on calcareous soils just 200 meters from the Tagus estuary and comprise nearly half of the entire DOC. The vines are derived from original Pombal cuttings, material that traces its roots back more than three centuries. Arinto, Gallego Dourado and Ratinho form the backbone of its benchmark 15-year-old blend, and the signature of the Atlantic Ocean features prominently in its expression. The wines are aged in a combination of Nacional (Portuguese) and French oak, initially at the Casal do Manteiga, and are later transferred to the palatial cellars of the M. do Pombal for extended elevage. Under the direction of winemakers Tiago Correira, Pedro Sá and Alexandre Lisboa, Villa Oeiras is both sentinel and beacon of the Carcavelos appellation.
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