Maritavora was founded in the mid 19th century in the Upper Douro and today, it is still a family-owned and operated winery, making it one of the oldest such operations in Portugal. Between 1870 and 2003, the estate worked as a grower for the port shipper Cockburns, selling all of its fruit for Port wine production. In 2003, Manuel Gomes Mota, the great great grandson of the founder, took control of the estate, and quickly shifted the focus of the winery. Because of its higher altitude and distance from the Coa river, Mota believed that the vineyards would be better suited to high quality table wine production. With its cool growing season and significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature deltas, Mota is able to preserve freshness and acidity in his fruit, along with significantly longer hang-time than his neighbors to the south of the DOC. The ethos of this tiny estate is based upon the idea of preserving the heritage and terroir of the Douro, exemplified by organic farming, minimal intervention winemaking, and the use of exclusively indigenous varietals. Foot pigeage, indigenous yeasts, and fermentation in cement lagares are all part of the picture at Maritávora.
Their "No. 6" is an organically farmed blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (a local clone of Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao, and Tinta Barroca. This harmonious red offers the perfect touch of bottle age and an intense bouquet of dark cherry, spice and smoke coupled with soft vanilla - indicative of one year aging in French oak. Fresh, open and generous on the palate, this wine shows restrained power with violet and berry aromas, rounded tannins and fresh acidity perfect for pairing with both fatty and lean meats seared on the grill and served simply or slow cooked in cooler weather dishes.