Vale Meão is a historic Quinta that is now one of the front runners in the Douro table wine revolution. It started life in 1877 as one of the shrewd acquisitions of the celebrated Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and has been owned by the family since. One of the most important vineyards in Douro history, Meão exists in its current form since 1999.
In 1998 Francisco (Vito) Olazabal and his son Fransisco (Xito) decided to leave the family wine business and go it alone, using the grapes from the Meão estate to make their own wine. The old cellar was renovated and turned into a modern winery, keeping the old granite lagares. The estate consists of a sizeable 62 hectares of vines, with three different soil types: slate, granite and alluvial gravel. These different terroirs are important for the final wine: for example, the Touriga from granite tastes almost like Dão, whereas from schist it is much richer and fuller. The first release was the 1999, which was met with great critical acclaim.