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Lusovini – Production and Distribution

Text Bruno Mendes

Lusovini was founded in 2009 and is based in Vila de Nelas in the Dão. This is where its offices, warehouses and wineries are located. This company has been developing its business through an internationalization policy. The company has expanded its horizons to Angola, Mozambique and Brazil under the names Lusovini Angolaa, Mozamvini and Brasvini, respectively.

In addition to the own production in the various Portuguese wine regions of brands like Cativo (Vinho Verde DOC), Palavrar (Douro DOC) and Torre de Coimbra (Bairrada DOC) among others, Lusovini also bets on a network of partnerships with producers and oenologists such as Anselmo Mendes (Vinho Verde), Domingos Alves de Sousa (Douro), Luís Duarte (Alentejo), Álvaro de Castro and João Paulo Gouveia (Dão) among others, thus allowing it to cover a wider range of regions and target audience.

To find out more about this production/distribution company see the video below:

Quinta de la Rosa – in the heart of Alto Douro

Text Bruno Mendes

Near Pinhão, about 100kms from Porto and on the river banks of the Douro we can find Quinta de la Rosa, which is owned by the Bergqvist family since 1906. It currently has 55 hectares of vineyards with the red grape varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão and Souzão and the white grape varieties Viosinho, Rabigato and Códega.

In 2011 Quinta de la Rosa underwent a complete refurbishment, which was being prepared for 7 years and ended in 2012. This remodeling included a new wine cellar, storage facilities with controlled temperature, an improvement in unloading and grape selection facilities, among others.

For a more detailed view of this producer see the video below and see the previously published article here.

Grupo Enoport United Wines

Text Bruno Mendes

The history of Enoport begins in 1881 with the foundation of Adegas Camillo Alves, the oldest company of the group of companies that came to give rise to the Group Enoport United Wines. It arose from João Camillo Alves’ desire to trade quality wines in an organized way.

It is a group that produces wines in several regions of the country, and different ranges, since it has acquired several other companies over the years, such as Cavipor, Caves Velhas or Caves Acácio.

To get a more detailed view about the history of the Group Enoport United Wines see the video below.

Cortes de Cima – Vidigueira

Text Bruno Mendes

It was in 1988, in Vidigueira, near the Serra do Mendro and specifically in Cortes de Cima that Hans and his wife Carrie decided to settle in order to start a family and to plant a vineyard. In 1991 the first vines were planted and the option, contrary to what would be expected, fell on red grape varieties. Among them, and “against” the DOC regulations at the time, was the Syrah, which achieved such success that led to the amendment of these regulations.

The property consists of 400 hectares, of which 140 are planted vineyard, 112 with the red varieties Aragonês, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Petit Verdot, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 28 hectares with the white varieties Antão Vaz, Alvarinho, Verdelho, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Gouveio e Chardonnay.

To get to know more about the history of Cortes de Cima see the video below and stay tuned for our upcoming article next week.

Quinta dos Carvalhais – Dão Wines

Text Bruno Mendes

Quinta dos Carvalhais is a Sogrape brand expert in Dão wines. It was acquired in 1988 from the perspective of expansion of a project in the region, which had begun in 1957. It is located in Mangualde and has 105 hectares, 50 of which with vines with noble regional grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, among others.

The head winemaker is Manuel Vieira and at modern winemaking center they produce the wines Quinta de Carvalhais Único, Reserva, Colheita, Encruzado and other varietals, Colheita Tardia e Espumante Reserva Rosé, exclusively using its own grapes, combining experience with state of the art techniques . Here, they also produce the wines Duque de Viseu white and red, in this case combining own grapes with grapes purchased from local producers.

To get to know Quinta dos Carvalhais in more detail, see the video below and read João Barbosa’s article here:

Justino’s – Madeira Wine

Text Bruno Mendes

Madeira is an important part of the portuguese wine history. One of its many stories goes back to 4th of July, 1776, when it was present in the independence of the United States toast.

Harvests in Madeira are not easy and at Justino’s, a Madeira wine-producing company, founded in 1870, they seek to pick the right time to harvest the grapes and select only those that best fit the wine to be made. From dry to sweet, it’s important to choose the right time to stop fermentation and at Justino’s they don’t stop on their experience and knowledge, focusing on a constant improvement of its facilities and equipment, thereby enhancing the quality of its production, complementing the traditional methods with the latest technologies available to this sector.

For a more detailed view, see the video below:

Casa Ferreirinha – History and Art

Text Bruno Mendes

Founded in the eighteenth century by Bernardo Ferreira, the Casa Ferreirinha was acquired in 1987 by Sogrape. The wines produced by this house and the house itself are synonymous with history and art. An essential figure in the history of this company is, undoubtedly, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira who, with her entrepreneurial spirit, refined the company’s formula and consolidated it.

Sogrape has been able to respect and preserve all the historical and cultural heritage that Casa Ferreirinha implies and has always kept up to the present day, but allowing the company to suit the innovation and the present. The company has several wine ranges, such as Vinha Grande, Esteva, Papa Figos, Planalto, Callabriga, Reserva Especial, Quinta da Leda, AAF and, of course, the legendary Barca Velha.

To get to know the history of this house a little better, see the video below:

Morgadio da Calçada – Unique tradition and history

Text Bruno Mendes

In the late seventeenth century Jerónimo da Cunha Pimentel ordered the construction of Morgadio da Calçada House, which is located in Provesende and is one of the most ancient manor houses in this location. It opened to the public in the 90s and has played an important role in the development of the region, but without ever losing its identity.

Provesende is inserted in the Douro region (classified as World Heritage by UNESCO) and is one of six villages classified of the Douro Valley. The Morgadio da Calçada wines have Dirk van der Niepoort’s signature and are born of the green plateau which contrasts with the rest of the Douro wine region.

For a more detailed view see the video below.

Santa Vitória – Alentejo Wines

Text Bruno Mendes

Located in Alentejo, just 25 Kms from Beja, close to a small Alentejo town (Santa Vitória) we can find Casa de Santa Vitória, fully integrated in an agricultural and leisure environment.

Established in 2002, Casa de Santa Vitória belongs to the Vila Galé Group and its main focus is the production and trade of Alentejo wines and olive oils. Here wines are produced by combining the most advanced vinification technologies with traditional techniques.

The vines, planted in the Herdade da Malhada in Santa Vitória, comprise 127 ha of the noblest Portuguese and French grape varieties best suited to the “terroir” of the region, namely, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Caiada, Alicante Bouschet e Baga for the reds and in paints and Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Viozinho, Antão Vaz, Arinto, Chardonnay for the whites.

Since the winery is surrounded by the vineyards, the grapes arrive quickly without undergoing changes and are processed immediately after their arrival.

For a more detailed view of this wine producer see the video below:

Blandy’s – Over 200 years of history

Text Bruno Mendes

It’s in one of the portuguese archipelagos, specifically in Madeira, that we can find Blandy’s. It’s a secular producer of Madeira wine with over 200 years of existence, which was founded by John Blandy who arrived at this archipelago in 1808.

Here are used the most modern winemaking techniques, but without ever neglecting the old and secular traditions of Madeira wine.

The wine is aged in two stages. In the first process the wine undergoes oxidation in a warm space where the bouquets flourish and the wine transforms into Madeira wine. The second phase takes longer, lasts years. The wines are stored in a cooler place in barrels to sharpen their bouquet.

For a more detailed view of the history and wines from this company please see the video below.