In 1956, a group of small wine producers founded the Adega Cooperativa de Alcobaça, which was initially hosted in the warehouses of the National Wine Board, today National Wine Museum. In 1993, after having acquired the land of National Institute of Agriculture Research, Adega was moved to the current space and all administrative and warehouses were built.
Since 2010 António Madeira, a Portuguese-descendant Frenchman with family roots in Dão, Serra da Estrela, has been researching and growing old vines located in special places. With passion, dedication and precision, applying methods that are respectful for the life of the soil and that facilitate the expression of the terroir in the wines. It does not use herbicides and works the soils manually with hoes and the help of a horse.
The philosophy of winemaking is focused on the search for expression of the terroir of the Serra da Estrela, using no oenological product other than sulphurous.
The Azores Wine Company was founded on April 3rd, 2014, by the partners António Maçanita, Filipe Rocha and Insula Vinus, Lda.
The story of three people profoundly connected to the Azores who crossed paths by the end of the first decade of the 21st century, brought together by a passion to which they dedicate a significant part of their lives: wine and gastronomy.
Amongst the several projects they are involved in, we find wine production in Pico, the recovery of an endangered grape variety, as well as the promotion of the Azorean wine and gastronomy.
The Neves Ferreira siblings have a strong connection to the Douro, in particular to their estate, Quinta do Espinho, which has belonged to the family for six generations. The estate is located in Santa Marta de Penaguião over the Bom Viver (‘Good Living’) place.
There they spent some of their best childhood moments, which they recall with joy.
Later on they took over the management and are fully dedicated to it. Several vineyard parcels have been recovered as well as part of the old winemaking facilities and the main house. This has been done always keeping in mind the original materials and aesthetics of the buildings, some of which date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Quinta da Cruz is located in Folgosa do Douro - Alto Douro Vinhateiro.
It is about a family project, about 15 years old that was born from the crossroads of the transmontanas roots linked to agriculture and the youth of the new generations, with the support of an experienced winemaker.
The family project came about as a way of restoring the traditional farming system. A system where Man lives from Nature and with Nature, in subsistence farming, poor in resources but perfectly integrated into the landscape and the balance of the ecosystem.
The estates have a total área of 15ha, are located in Ervedosa do Douro, in the heart of the best wine producing area, known as Cima Corgo, which offers the ideal balance between the excessively rich soils of the Baixo Corgo and the intense heat of the Douro Superior. The different microclimates of the two estates produce very different results, the goal is to obtain different wines and, combining the different characteristics of each one, such as balanced wines, rich in identity and elegance.
Located in the historical center of the town of Palmela, the old cellar began its activity in the 1940s and remained as a wine-making center until 2008. After re-qualification, it is today a space for memory and is ready to perform new functions.
The Casa de Atalaia is the most recent winery and brand associated with the demarcated wine region of the Setúbal Peninsula. Its wine cellar was recently opened, a meeting place with traditional products and history.
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