A. Almeida Hotels
The Bussaco Palace, near Coimbra, was commissioned by King Carlos I in the late 19th century to serve as a country residence. However, before he could move in, Portugal became a republic and the Palace was renamed a luxury hotel. That hotel also started making its own wines, which grew into a cult.
Alvaro Castro perfectly embodies the essence of The Portugal Collection. Much more than a collection of fine wines, the Collection was and is an alliance of strong personalities for whom winemaking is a mission. Their wines stand out because they put a piece of their soul into them, and with Alvaro Castro that is abundantly clear.
We were there when Anselmo launched his first wines under his own name and we are still following him. Meanwhile, he grew to become "mister Alvarinho. No cellar is complete without a few bottles of his white wines.
Antonio Madeira grew up in Paris, but became completely hooked on the Dão during summer vacations with his grandparents. In 2010, he decided to look for old vineyards in the region and found refuge in the cellars at Alvaro Castro (Saes/Pellada) to make his first wines.
While other houses have been in business for several centuries, the Barbeito family did not start producing Madeira until 1946. At first, the focus was on volume rather than quality. That clearly changed when Ricardo Diogo Freitas took over the company in 1991.
The Madeira Wine Company (MWC for short) is a relatively young company but with a long history. Briefly, the company can be said to be a result of decades of acquisitions of several well-known families and brands. Indeed, the MWC includes such well-known brands as Blandy's, Leacock's, Cossart Gordon, Miles and others.
Carlos Raposo spread his wings after college and went on apprenticeships in Bordeaux and Burgundy, among other places. He then spent 7 years as winemaker at Niepoort, where we got to know him.
In 2018, he returned to his home region of Dão with ambitious plans to make wines of the highest level.
CARM was our first discovery in Portugal at the time. At a tasting of all kinds of olive oils in a small restaurant in Evora, CARM's quality stood out. Afterwards, the Madeira family also turned out to make very good wine.
Casa da Passarella
Wine has been produced on this estate for centuries, but the previous owners lost interest in winemaking. In 2008 the estate came into new hands and since then the driven Paulo Nunes has been at the head of wine production
In 1999, Marta Soares left behind the bustling life in Lisboa in search of a quiet, rural studio to work on her art projects. She ended up at Antonio Carvalho's estate and no doubt at the time could never have imagined that 10 years later she would be adding a mission as a winemaker.
Caves São João
In 1920, 3 brothers of the Costa family founded the wine trade Caves São João. The intention was to distribute wines from the Douro but soon began their own production of sparkling wines. The knowledge of an oenologist from Champagne was called upon, so the quality was right from the start.
Founded in 1850, D'Oliveira is the second oldest company still active in wine. It is a relatively small company with a production of 150,000 l per year. Luis Pereira D'Oliveira is the fifth generation of the family to continue the wine business.
Filipa Pato & William Wouters
As the daughter of a renowned winemaker, Filipa Pato chose to assist her father, yet in addition to that, started her own winery. We were there even before the first wine went into bottle and we are still following her.
Gerações da Talha
For 2,000 years, in the area around Vidigueira, deep in the Southern Alentejo, wine has been made in amphorae, still exactly as the Romans suggested at the time. For a long time, the wines remained under the radar because they were not bottled but consumed locally. Teresa Caeiro recently changed that.
Humus, Rodrigo Filipe
Today, north of the capital Lisboa, you can find numerous wine projects that make the most of the potential of this cooler coastal area.
Pioneer in that field was Rodrigo Filipe of Humus and he remains one of our personal favorites even today.
Jorge Moreira (Poeira)
Jorge Moreira bought a small vineyard in 2001 that no one else was interested in. He made his Poeira there, against the grain. We are fans of the first hour.
Luis Gil makes probably the most elaborate and layered natural wines in our range. With Marinho, he captures the essence of what makes Portugal so special to us.
When Luis Seabra told us in 2012 about his plans to make wine under his own name, we suddenly hitched our wagon. At the time, we had known Luis for 10 years as a winemaker at Niepoort and knew we couldn't miss this.
Aline Domingues, the girl (Menina) of Uva, as she calls herself, grew up in Paris. She studied and worked briefly as a microbiologist, researching the dna of yeast cells. But she eventually chose a life as a winemaker in the Portuguese countryside.
M.O.B. stands for Moreira, Olazabal and Borges. With this, 3 befriended winemakers from the Douro unite to make wine together in the neighboring Dão region. They are not from the least as they are responsible in the Douro for the production of Poeira, Quinta do Vale Meão and Wine & Soul, respectively.
The wines of the Niepoort family occupy a special place in the range of The Portugal Collection, not least because of the close relationship between Dirk Niepoort and Kris Jeuris. Due to the endless curiosity and creativity of Dirk Niepoort and now his 2 sons Daniel and Marco, the range is also in a constant state of change.
Quinta da Murta
French native Franck Bodin took over the vineyards of Quinta da Murta in 2011, releasing a beautiful estate in a historic area just on Lisboa's northern border. It is said that this is birthplace of the wonderfully fresh Arinto grape.
Quinta da Vacariça
François Chasans spent his life surrounded by wine. Among other things, he worked for the renowned Fauchon in Paris before starting his own wine store.
When he discovered the Baga grape, he was immediately in love and firmly convinced that he could make great wine with it.
Quinta das Bageiras
Frederico and his father Mario Sergio are the third and fourth generations of the Nuno family who make wine in the north of the Bairrada region. In their 16ha vineyard there, they make wines and espumantes that are very easily recognizable for their distinct character.
Baga takes a leading role in this.
Quinta do Mouro
Miguel Louro bought the historic Quinta do Mouro on the outskirts of the town of Estremoz in 1979. There was no winemaking at the time. 15 years later, in 1994, the first grape harvest was processed and when it hit the market a few years later, it became immediately clear that Miguel does not make a weekday wine.
Quinta do Vale Meão
The wines of Vale Meão are considered the absolute best in the Douro and we invite you to discover them. You will not only taste tasty and characterful wines, but you will also receive 150 years of fascinating history just like that. Vale Meão was the culmination of Dona Antonio's work in the late 19th century and her descendants still honor her legacy today.
Rui Reguinga was born into a family of winemakers and absolutely wanted to follow in their footsteps. He graduated as an oenologist in the late 1980s and immediately made his first wines in the Alentejo. He quickly became a respected oenologist.
In 1982, the Cerdeira family was the first to rejoin the tradition of quality wines based on the local Alvarinho grape. João Antonio Cerdeira planted the first vines to that end in 1974, and it is those old vines that still provide the grapes for the top cuvée 'Primeiras Vinhas' today. Soalheiro grew into a household name.
João Tereso had no plans to make wine ... until he learned in 2016 that his grandfather's old vineyard was in danger of being lost. Then he decided to intervene and now he makes his own wine on a very small scale under the label Chinado.
Vitor Claro is a chef by training, and anyone who has had the pleasure of eating at his restaurant near Lisboa knows he can cook. Through cooking, he became fascinated with wine. Especially the finesse of Burgundy wines intrigued him. So when he discovered an old vineyard in northern Alentejo in 2010, it didn't take much for him to take on a new challenge.
Wine & Soul
Wine and Soul started in 2001 as the life's work of Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serôdio Borges, both winemakers and then newlyweds. They were determined to make high-level wine and almost immediately succeeded in gaining international recognition for their wine.
Our first wine trip after the lockdown in 2020 was an instant hit: we discovered the primal-traditional, amphora-made wines of XXVI Talhas.
4 friends pulled a cellar with 26 old amphorae out of mothballs after 30 years, restoring the wonderful tradition of wine made on amphorae.