Regateiro Family Roots

The title of this article is the name of the new white wine of producer Casimiro Gomes but also the reason why regateiro wines exist. A deep relationship and family respect that endure to this day.  

Casimiro Gomes' family has been producing wines in Aguada de Cima for more than 300 years, which is why the producer decided to create a brand to make the memory of his paternal grandfather, Manuel, last name Regateiro, last name, last year. However, like so many other families, the Regateiro grew vineyards and produced wine for home consumption, but also for restaurants in the vicinity. It was this love of vines and wine that made Casimiro Gomes not continue the family business of producing tiles and chose to study agricultural engineering instead to become a wine producer.

Casimiro was still young and full of dreams "he didn't like the powder of pottery" and felt the wine running through his veins. Dedicating himself to agriculture was, at the very least, crazy in the opinion of the family. However, this madness led him to be today one of the reference producers at national level, being the latest project to Lusovini, through which he also distributes the family brand to which he currently devotes more time. If he were alive, Grandfather Manuel would be proud, seeing the success of the wines and the winery renovated partly by his grandson's own hands. (in the entrance photo, Casimiro Gomes in the cellar with his youngest son, Manuel, and winemaker Sónia Martins).

Part of the family vineyards, next to the winery, in Aguada de Cima
Regateiro Winery
Cellar shop. Furniture and decoration were made by the producer over time.

Before presenting his new white in the now refurbished family winery, Casimiro showed the potential of his regateiro reserva branco wines (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and the Regateiro Reserva red (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015). Both are produced with varieties used in the region, white with Arinto, Bical and Maria Gomes; and red with Baga and Touriga Nacional. Despite the differences in color and styles, both revealed a great aging potential, with the older crops still showing great liveliness, despite the colors, aromas and flavors of evolution.   

The new White Regateiro Family Roots did not escape the rule and proved to be a great wine. After total desengace, the pressing and separation of tear must was made. After fermentation at low temperature for more than 30 days, he aged 6 months in new and used French oak barrels (1/3 of the lot) and was still in the bottle for 5 years. In the aroma already reveals aromas of evolution and on the palate its structure, unctuosity and acidity surprise by the positive. Now that it is launched on the market, it will certainly exceed the expectations of more evolved white connoisseurs.