Alvaro Castro's family has been a winemaking presence in the Dão region of Portugal for more than four centuries, though he himself trained as a civil engineer. He inherited Quinta da Pellada, which dates back to the year 1570 but which had been neglected for a couple of generations, in 1980 and decided that he wanted to focus on the property and really show what it could do.
Over the succeeding years he has certainly achieved that, and he has done much to help Dão enhance its reputation.
He is a man of energy and sincerity, working to make wines from several properties and in collaboration with other Portuguese winemakers, most notably Dirk Niepoort. He also works closely with his daughter who joined him after completing a degree in biotechnology and gaining experience in Bordeaux and with other leading Portuguese producers.
As well as the Quinta da Pellada he also owns Quinta de Saes, also in Dão and where he lives, and a parcel of vines purchased from Quinta de Passarela. From these various vineyards he makes a range of wines from a panoply of native grapes ranging from fruity, affordable introductions to his region to premium cuvées.
The thing they all have in common is balance. Alvaro is not keen on high alcohol and seeks to express terroir, fruit and balance in his wines.