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Quinta do Piloto

Quinta do Piloto

Quinta do Piloto

Cardoso family, Palmela, Portugal

Winemaker Filipe Cardoso

Region Penisula de Setubal

Country Portugal

Soil Type Sand and Chalk

Main Varieties Moscatel (Muscat) and Castelao

Quinta do Piloto

Quinta do Piloto is a long-standing family estate in the Penisula de Setubal. Their estate property and winery in Palmela, including their rare, concrete auto-fermentors, is run by 3rd generation winemaker and owner, Filipe Cardoso.

The majority of the estate's vineyards are located on the flat, sandy soils of the penisula, to the East of Palmela. Here they have some fantastic (and some very old) Castelao. They also have some higher altitude sites, on north-facing, limestone soils, at the eastern end of the Sierra da Arrabida, surrounding Quinta do PIloto. Here they have more of their Moscatel de Setubal (Muscat of Alexandria) and Moscatel Roxo. This lesser-known variety most likey being a colour mutation of Muscat Blancs a Petits Grains, and QdP are one of very few producing this as a varietal wine.

Quinta do Piloto were one of the founding member of the Palmela Wine Company (formally known as SIVIPA), and although QdP are now venturing forward with their own estate wines, Filipe still oversees a lot of the winemaking for the cooperative, making much of the wine for them at QdP!