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Land: Portugal
Regio: Dão

Since the first vintage, 2008, Julia Kemper wines have collected many awards, namely, being chosen amongst the Top 50 Portuguese wines for several years, receiving very honorable distinctions, testimonials and important ratings, throughout the world! The wines are sold around the world since 2010.

And this is the story of the first Dão wine brand in the Melo Family – Julia Kemper wines.

The Philosophy
Our mission is to incentive the passion for Dão wines throughout the World in a way that is both differentiating and innovative and in perfect harmony with nature.

We aim to make known the nobility, elegance and character of a wine that is still hidden by grand mountains.

Produce a high quality wine implies an extensive knowledge, work and constant learning, and it implies above all, dedication and a tremendous passion.

This passion has been on our family – Melo Kemper for more than 400 years and their values were passed down from generation to generation.

Therefore, we have adopted organic farming, hence, like our forefathers, we believe in the respect for Earth and biodiversity. We believe in the balance in nature and we want to participate in it.

All this in order to produce a Boutique wine, elegant, with a delightful acidity, floral aromas and an amazing texture, that only the ancestral wisdom of a brand like JULIA KEMPER may achieve.

The vineyard
The vineyards at Quinta do Cruzeiro are delicately treated in conformity with sustainable agricultural practices; organic farming consistent with our values and the heritage from past generations, since the preliminary analysis of the land confirmed that it was free from contamination, which indicated that there has always been a concern to preserve what nature gave us.

It all started with the research of the legislation, techniques and technologies associated with the Biological Production Mode (BPM), and with the help of Vines & Wines ​​an exhaustive study of the soils and climates of Quinta do Cruzeiro was made in order to adjust the grape varieties and rootstocks to the existing lands. The various fields were mapped and the corrections and deep fertilizations of the existing 15 hectares were initiated. It was decided that the vine population would be based on the Dão grape varieties, as follows: Touriga-Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta-Roriz and Jaen, for red wines, and Encruzado, Malvasia-Fina and Verdelho for white wines.

The richness of Quinta do Cruzeiro, with several terroirs, includes six portions of land always surrounded by bush and pine trees. In the outskirts of the vines, olive trees are planted. All of this in a plateau with 700 meters high, sheltered from the wind by four majestic mountains – Serra da Estrela, Serra do Caramulo, Serra do Buçaco and Serra da Nave. It is a true ecosystem of biodiversity, slightly domesticated, managing to temper the indomitable Dão with a sheen of elegance!

The Cellar
Quinta do Cruzeiro cellar began the construction of its granite walls in 1850, continued throughout the different Melo generations, and was finalized by Julia Melo Kemper’s grandfather who, taking advantage of the sloping terrain, worked with the force of gravity.

This winery was composed of two floors: the top floor containing the granite lagares where foot threading was made and the bottom floor with vats and barrels where the wine aged. One of the keys to success of this project was to be able to control the entire process from the vineyard to the bottling; to this effect, the priority was to invest in a good cellar, so it was decided that the recovery of the cellar would be the first of the winery investments. In 2007, the cellar undergone recovery works and modernization, trying to preserve the initial structure at the most. The tanks were cleaned, aligned, coated with stainless steel, reduced in size to receive a smaller but higher quality crop, and we bought several pieces of equipment such as: table of choice, stemming, crushing and also all control of temperature for all containers.

We can say that the secret of Julia Kemper Wines is also in the cellar, which maintained most of its original construction.

Situated in the heart of Portugal, Dão region is one of the oldest wine regions in our country, a region of contrasts and stories.The region is a veritable museum of vine and wine out in the open, since we can still find, at every step, traces of the past.

References to vineyards and wine in charters of almost all municipalities and municipal ordinances attest to its great social, economic and religious importance throughout history. This is the first demarcated region of pasture to be regulated in Portugal in 1910, although it was created in 1908.

The rugged terrain, surrounded by a set of tall mountains that protect it from outside influences (at west, Serra do Caramulo, south, the lush Buçaco, north, the impressive Serra da Nave and east, the imposing Serra da Estrela), which constitute an important barrier to humid masses of the rugged coastline or continental winds, the small farms and the lush green vegetation of all shades, alternating with rock, contribute to the almost anonymity of the vineyard in the landscape. And yet, the vines are planted there in about 20,000 hectares, where the people of Dão enjoy the excellent edapho-climatic conditions to explore their ancestral soil capability.

The region hydrographic network is characterized by a rigid trace, indicating a clear adjustment to the landscape physical shape, where the two main rivers of the region run – the Dão and Mondego – whose courses have a high level of parallelism while running over the granite massif.

The Alva River is the third major watercourse in the region.

The vineyards are located on lands of low fertility, predominantly granitic with several outcrops of schist from the south and west of the region. Yet located at elevations around 800 meters, it is between the 400-500 meters where it grows in greater quantity.

The weather, despite being seasoned, is cold and rainy in winter and hot and dry in summer, but with microclimate variations of great importance to the quality of wines; and thus fulfill the unique conditions for producing wines with distinct and well-defined characteristics.

In addition to the special edapho-climatic conditions, the particular characteristics of Dão wines are deeply related to the use of the most appropriate varieties, within the recommended for the region. The main varieties for the production of DOC Dão wines are: Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional, in reds, and Encruzado, in whites.

Let’s get lost in the paths and landscapes of Dão and make the much-needed stops to contemplate what this land brought to your glass.

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Wijnjaar: 2012
Regio: Dão
Type: Rode wijn
Druif: , Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Roriz.

Name of the wine: Julia Kemper Vinhas Selecionadas 2012 Current production year: 2012 Previous production year: - Name of the farm: Quinta do Cruzeiro Location of the winery: Quinta do ...

Prijs (vanaf 6 flessen): € 9,85 / fles

Eenheidsprijs: € 11,92

Volume: 0.75 L



Wijnjaar: 2012
Regio: Dão
Type: Rode wijn
Druif: , Touriga Nacional.

Name of the wine: Julia Kemper Touriga Nacional Current production year: 2012 harvest Previous production year: 2011 Name of the farm: Quinta do Cruzeiro Location of the winery: Quinta do ...

Prijs (vanaf 6 flessen): € 19,15 / fles

Eenheidsprijs: € 23,18

Volume: 0.75 L