Rui Reguinga is a well-known Portuguese winemaker and consults both internationally and at home, including at Quinta do Centro where he is in partnership with Richard Mayson. He has two solo ventures: Terrenus and Quinta Vale Veados.
Terrenus red and white wines come from a truly unique and magical spot in north-eastern Alentejo. The old (80-100-year-old) mixed-planted bush vine vineyards are in the Portalegre sub region of north eastern Alentejo, close to the border with Spain, with stunning views out over the mountains and valleys below. Some of the grape varieties have yet to be identified but reds include grand noir (similar to alicante bouschet in that it has coloured pulp), as well as the more typical aragonez, trincadeira and castelão, and more unusually in this area touriga franca and baga. Even the early vintages met with critical acclaim, and the 2007 Terrenus tinto was one of Sarah Ahmed's 50 Great Portuguese Wines in 2010.
The vineyards lie at 600-800m above sea level on the slopes of the Serra de São Mamede, which rises to 1,000m. The granitic soils here are atypical in the Alentejo, more commonly found in neighbouring Beira Interior, and give a mineral quality to the wines. The white is produced from four hectares of old field blends across three different plots. Varieties include arinto, fernão pires, roupeiro.
Rui's latest project is in the Ribatejo sub-regions of Almeirim and Charneca (the terraces of the Tejo river 10kms away), where the soils are sandy and very poor, with some pebbles. Rui replanted his grandfather's small five-hectare estate Quinta Vale Veados to touriga nacional and syrah in 2005. The property dates back to the 17th Century when the Vale Veados (Deer´s Valley) provided hunting grounds for the King.