Family-owned and currently run by the charming and enthusiastic Luis Lourenço, Quinta dos Roques is one of three properties owned by the family, all planted with grape varieties indigenous to the Dao region: touriga nacional and jaen are the main red varieties, alongside encruzado and malvasia fina for the whites.
Quinta dos Roques itself lies about 10km south of Mangualde and the name comes from the family name, Roques de Oliveira. They began growing grapes at the end of the 1970s and took the decision to buck the trend towards planting international grape varieties. They also started bottling their own wine rather than selling their grapes to the local cooperative.
Luis was the son-in-law embraced by the family to the extent that he gave up his former life as a maths teacher to make wine on the family property. They purchased a second property, Quinta das Maias, in 1997, at around 600 metres above sea level and its unique position allows farming without herbicides or pesticides. Roques has 40 hectares planted from 1980. It is open to visitors during the week without appointment. Maias, which is about 25km away by road, has 35 hectares including 13ha of older vines and visits are by appointment only (a fee may be charged). Consultant Rui Reguinga (better known to members for the Quinta do Centro wines and his own Terrenus) was employed from 2002.
The wines of Quinta dos Roques are a modern expression of the Dao region, respecting local tradition but using up-to-date facilities to ensure consistency of quality. They regularly win awards at home and abroad which the family enjoy with glowing pride.