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THE SERENE CRASTO
The approach by boat from upstream, from Régua, does not allow us to look on the splendour of the Crasto estate. On the other hand, coming from the opposite direction, from Pinhão, going downstream towards the west and Porto, we are provided the opportunity to contemplate, in front of us and to our eternal astonishment, this wonderful estate and perhaps its most wellknown and highly regarded section – the Vinha Maria Teresa. This plot is immediately followed by the Vinha da Ponte plot. The estate develops over smoothly undulating terraces, headed by the long installation of the house, the warehouse, the presses and the winery. The buildings follow the crest of the hill discreetly while displaying the certainty that the head of the company, responsible for planning the vineyards and their plots and for the centrality of the whole estate is right there. Crasto is much more than this, but this unmissable first impression lasts for decades in our soul, encapsulating the first notion we have of the estate: that of peacefulness. Seen from the river, or even from the other bank, the south bank or left bank, Crasto is delightful and serene.
The estate and the Douro gain different shapes and looks, depending on the viewpoint. The river and the valley, seen from Crasto, take on a dramatic scale, such is their power. They acquire majesty from Sobreira, from its high vantage point. From the estate’s house, almost perched on the railway line near the old station of Ferrão, which is now abandoned, the valley seems to be eternally at rest, a mysterious water mirror. The possibility of looking at the rippling of the vines from mid-river is a glimpse of the sublime! Unforgettable moments of beauty, combining the work of Man with Nature’s offerings.