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Alves de Sousa; Port in gold, amber and red

“We cannot finish a Douro wine tasting without Port.” Tiago says it very seriously. “Domingos would be very sad with everybody.”

The Alves de Sousa family has just made Douro wines for some 20 years, but Port since generations. Tiago is the fifth. Tradition, but also development.

Tiago Alves de Sousa

He puts a bottle of shimmering golden white port on the table. There is an indication of age on the label: “10 year old white”, which means that the port has an average age of ten years. A relatively new classification for white port, Tiago points out to us. Then he tells the story about it.

“White port is our oldest tradition; it used to be our specialty, when we made port to sell to the classic port shippers. We produced white port in the classical style, dry or extra dry. So when we decided to make our own port, we wanted to do something completely different.”

The result was a white port, made the same way as the red. The grapes ferment with the skins, as these hold so much flavours and provide richness and body to the wine. Then, instead of adding spirit in the end of the fermentation, which you do to get a dry wine, the spirit is added just as for a ruby, more in the middle, which keeps the sweetness in the wine.

Additionally,  only the very best grapes were selected for this 10 year old port. The vineyards used to make the red premium wines, Lordelo, Abandonado och Gaivosa, have both green and black grape varieties. The black grapes were harvested, but the green ones were left on the vines to ripen a bit longer. After vinification and then about ten years in barrel we have the result in front of us.

“We are trying to take white port to a completely new level,” says Tiago and adds proudly that it has attracted great interest around the world.

Quinta da Giavosa 10 year old White.
Golden yellow, light amber. Big, mature bouquet of oranges, floral notes, almond paste, a hint of  bitter almond. Medium bodied, balanced sweetness and acidity. On the palate, da capo with the aromas from the nose; almond paste, parfumed notes, muscovado sugar in the middle, floral notes, mimosa and a touch of oak. Supreme length.

Without any significant experience of the category we think this Port is very good, in fact excellent. There is a freshness that moderates the sweetness, resulting in a perception of being less than the actual around 100 gr/litre. Not the slightest hot feeling from the alcohol (which we are a little sensitive to) and on top of that a delicous palette of aromas and flavours.

“Drink to blue cheese, for example Roquefort or Stilton,” Tiago tells us, “or to a fruit dessert, an apple pie or an apricot pie is really good to our white Port.”

Port Alves de Sousa

Then a 20 year Tawny. Well, that is the average. This blend holds some really old wine.

Tiago likes to make Tawny. The freedom to blend and design the wine over time.  And the unique fact that several generations contribute and work to shape the same wine. A Tawny is the result of three components; the vineyard, the winemaker and the cellarmaster.  The Tawny we taste includes wine that Tiago’s father, Domingos, made 40 years ago. Fascinating!

Quinta da Gaivosa 20 year old Tawny.
Tawny, with hues of dark orange ambers. Big nose dominated by brown sugar, christmas nuts, almond, dried figs and dates. Medium bodied with balanced sweetness. Complex, dried Christmas fruits and ditto spices. Very good length. 
Once again, a fresh feeling when the acidity balance and downtune the sweetness. Once again well integrated alcohol. Delicious, very fine. 

Time for the final with Vintage Port from the fabulous vintage 2011. Already proclaimed one of the best ever.

Alves de Sousa uses grapes partly from Gaivosa and partly from Quinta de Oliveirinha, another of the total six family properties. Oliveirinha is located in Cima Corgo, the heart of the Port vineyard area. It contributes with concentration and richness, while the cooler Gaivosa contributes with balance and freshness.

The grapes are foot trodden in lagares . “I’m always the first one to jump in,” laughs Tiago, “and the last one up.” Tiago reintroduced the use of lagares for the Vintage and LBV. Never for Douro wines, the extraction would be too big.

Alves de Sousa Vintage Port 2011.
Purple-red-black, totally opaque. On the nose, full of character, powerful young aromas. Blackcurrant, blackberries, blueberries, prunes, chocolate, mint, eukalypthus and green herbs. Fullbodied with fresh acidity and fine marked tannins and attractive sweetness. Immensely concentrated, complex flavour palette. Very long complex fruity aftertaste spiced with cocoa.  

An outstanding wine: seductive, exquisite, beautiful. We ask ourselves how to possibly keep it when it is so good right now? Because it is meant to be kept. A wine for the new generations, for our children and grandchildren if we should listen to what Tiago says. This 2011 Vintage Port will peak in 50 years.

The afternoon has turned into early eventing. The hours have passed quickly, all too quickly. It is time to go back to Porto. To our enthusiastic, positive and knowledgeable host we want to say so much, but overwhelmed as we are it becomes no more than a sincere:

“Thank you, Dr. Tiago.”

Schist Alves de Sousa Vineyard

We visited Alves de Sousa in May 2014. This post was previously posted on my Swedish blog Ljuva Druvor. Read more about our visit to Alves de Sousa:
Alves de Sousa; Meticulously, Dr Tiago
Alves de Sousa; Douro in white & red

Link to Alves de Sousa’s website.

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Quinta do Vale Meão: part 2 – wine portfolio with white news

Water can be great, for example to wash the dust out of dry throats after an adventurous jeep trip in the heat. The first sight that met us in the tasting room at Quinta do Vale Meão was the thoughtfully provided water bottles. Then, at last, time to taste the wines. The expectations are high after the introductory tour of the quinta. And, we know since before that the estate and its wines have a very good reputation in the international world of wine. Francisco Olazabal, the son of the house, responsible for the wine making, was also named ”winemaker of the year” in Portugal some years ago.

Quinta do Vale Meão white wine MeandroFirst out, an unlabelled bottle with a slightly cloudy content. What can this be? Well, it is revealed as a totally new wine. A white one, which like its successful brother will get the name Meandro2013 is made of Arinto, Rabigato and “some others”. Purchased grapes from old vines at high altitude, not far away from the quinta. Simple vinification, stainless steel tank. The outcome?
Greenyellow colour, not quite clear (filtering has not been done yet). Young, very fruity, fresh aromas, a bit greenish vegetal with green apples, quince and a touch of pineapple. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and long fruity aftertaste where a pinch of fruitsweetness seduces the palate.
The wine wins our liking; very fresh with nice palette of aromas and round feeling in the palate.

Quinta do Vale Meão wines Meandro redIn glass number two, the ”second wine” from the estate, the red Meandro do Vale Meão 2011. This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca (20-30 percent of each), plus a splash of Tinto Cão and Tinta Barroca. Matured in old French barrels (2nd/3rd fill).
Purble, relatively opaque. Developed fruity aromas of both dark and red berries. Discrete notes of oak. Medium bodied with nice fresh acidity and velvet soft marked tannins. Good length with incipient complexity.
The structure is there and the fruit beautifully wrapped: a very good wine.

Quinta do Vale Meão, Monte Meão Touriga NacionalMonte Meão Touriga Nacional 2011 is next in line, the third glass. A so called “special edition” that in this release comprises about 3000 bottles.
Monte Meão, which is the original name of the location for the quinta, is the umbrella name for an experimental serie of single variety wines. One grape, from one specific type of soil, that is the concept. In this bottle, Touriga Nacional shining alone in the limelight, after some restful time in dark old barrels.
Purple. The nose a bit shy, characterised by austere fruit and berry aromas, spiced by a floral touch. Almost medium bodied, with well balanced fresh acidity and marked tannins. Very good, fruity length.
Fresh, elegant, but we would love to forget it in the cellar for a couple of years.

Quinta do Vale Meão wineThen, time for the premium estate wine, Quinta do Vale Meão 2011. Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca from old vines. Matured in French barrells, 80% new, with the objective to enhance the indigenous aromas of the wine and not to give any strong oak character. 
Purple, almost opaque. Young to developed, medium intensive aromas. Fruity with black berries, plums and lingonberries wrapped in a lovely floral dress. Full bodied with fresh acidity and velvet soft tannins and beautifully concentrated berries. Enormous length.
This is quality, to the core. Exquisitely balanced, focused and elegant. Something to hide and forget in the cellar for some years.
“Keep at least for five years,” comments Luisa Olazabal. “But just one single year will do much for the wine. Though, it should really be kept for more than ten years. The 2001 is really good right now.”

Quinta do Vale Meão Vintage 2011We conclude the tasting with Quinta do Vale Meão Vintage Port 2011. That is the year generally raised to the skies by industry and connoisseurs.
The 2011 is the eight vintage declared by Vale Meãu (previous years are 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008).
Blueredblack, totally opaque. Large nose, young to developed aromas, complex, very fruity with plums, black currant, jam and spicy notes of cinnamon. Fullbodied with fresh acidity and pronounced tannins and very pleasant, restained sweetness from an elegant compote of red and blue berries. Eternitylong, sweetfruity aftertaste with marked tannins.
Packed with flavours and the alcohol so perfectly integrated. Rich, dense, concentrated.
The silence falls over the room, almost contemplative. The concept of having a wine experience, is so to say lifted to a new dimension.

Quinta do Vale Meão wines

Oh yes, life can be good. We conclude our impressions with a couple of meão, meão. As cats around a saucer with milk we lick our lips and purr contentedly. Could not be happier.

Our high expectations have been met, and exceeded. Unfortunately we must leave. We have a train to catch and it will not wait for us. We say thank you and take a reluctant farewell of Luisa and Francisco.

Quinta do Vale Meão, vineyards and olive oil pressing house

In the future there will be a new tasting room at the quinta. The old house a bit further up the hill, where the olive oil was pressed in the old times, is being renovated. Would love to see it, when we come back.

We visited Quinta do Vale Meão in May 2014. This post was originally posted at my Swedish blog ”Ljuva Druvor”.

Quinta do Vale Meão; breathtaking on historical hectars

The jeep bounces back and forth on its way down the steep and tiny gravel road. Breathtakingly fast, at that is what it feels like. In reality, probably not more than 5 km per hour. It is hot, a bit crowded in the backseat and even more cosy on the benches in the back. But when spirits are on top, who cares?

“Is it ok back there?” someone shouts. The reply back is unanimous. “Yep, very good.” Everyone talking, laughing. The stomach experiences something like a rollercoaster. “Anyone got some pain in the butt?” Hysterical laughters. This was not what we expected when we came; it is so much better. To experience the Douro valley really close up. This is fun. Just cannot stop laughing.

In the front seat, with a steady hand on the wheel, a real charmer. It is not the first time he drives down this winding road.

The view from up there is stunningly beautiful, over the vineyards, through the valley with the meandering Douro River. On top of the hill, the little white chapel we just visited. Dona Antónias beautiful chapel, the very first building our host renovated after being the sole owner of the estate.

Earlier that afternoon we were welcomed to Douro Superior and Quinta do Vale Meão by Francisco Javier de Olazabal’s daughter, Luisa Olazabal. The estate with the cat associating name is with its 220 hectars of vineyards impressingly large. So is also the winery building, made of huge granite blocks, transported here from far away.

Quinta do Vale Meão delivered for many years high quality grapes to the Port house Ferreira in Vila Nova de Gaia. The quinta is also known for being the origin of the red wine Barca Vehla. An iconic wine, the very first to put Portugal on the map of non-fortified fine wines. It was created by Fransisco’s father in law in the beginning of the 50ies, but the history starts much earlier.

The year was 1877, when Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira bought the land from the municipality Vila Nova de Foz Cõa. Dona Antónia was already the biggest land owner in Douro and deeply engaged in the wine industry. At this location, she saw an opportunity to build a model vineyard from the start. She chose it even though the area, at that time, was outside the demarcated region for growing grapes to make port wine (apparently was this not a practical problem, as grapes in reality already were used for port). However, the land remained untouched for the ten long years. Why? A simple answer, she waited patiently for better communications.

Douro Superior was at that time the most remote area of Portugal. It was an adventure to travel from Porto. The most comfortable and secure choice was with boat up the Douro River. But torrents and strong current made it a twelve day trip. To attempt travelling by horse was not recommended. The area was frequently ravaged by bandits. Pocinho railway station

When the new railway reached Douro Superior, the civilisation came along. Twelve days by boat was replaced by a five hour trip by train. Perhaps Dona Antónia was involved in the railway too. Pocinho train station is suspiciously close to the quinta and Dona Antónia was an influential and uncompromising lady.

It took eight years, from 1887 to 1895, to establish the estate. Vineyards were planted on the previously uncultivated and bushy land. Roads were built. And so was winery, houses and chapel. Two chapels to be correct. One beside the manor and then a one more, i.e. the one we just visited. Although Dona Antónia thought the last one was completely unnecessary. One chapel was quite enough. Hence the inscription on the chapel’s stone plate; a pedido de, on request of, Antonio J Claro da Fonseca, her steward.

Quinta do Vale Meao chapel sign

Four generations later, the ownership of Quinta do Vale Meão is spread among some 30 relatives. Sadly, it seems like none of the relatives has the right feeling for the estate. No one visits it regularly, no one cares. Nobody, but one single person, our driver, Francisco Javier de Olazabal. Here is a heat that beats for Quinta do Vale Meão.

Since childhood, Fransisco has loved to come to the quinta. Since the 70ies he was also the one responsible for managing the estate, then as a part of his work within the family company, the Port house Ferreira. Slowly but surely Fransisco increases his shareholding, through heritage and through purchase. In 1994 his childhood dream comes true. Quinta do Vale Meão belongs to him.

The first years Fransisco continues to work for Ferreira, now owned by Sogrape, and also to sell the grapes from the estate to them. Then he makes the decision, to step of the management position with Ferreira and instead put all his energy into Vale Vale Meão.

“I was 60 years old in 1998 and wanted to do something for myself instead of working for others, to invest all my energy here,” explains Francisco. “I knew the grapes had great potential. Ferreira made good wine from my grapes.”

“My son, Francisco, who has an education in winemaking, did not want to do anything but working with wine. My own career was in the wine industry. Together we became a strong team.”

In 1999 the first vintage from Quinta do Vale Meão was launched. The success came quickly. Hard work paid off. The grapes are however not used for Barca Velha anymore. The best are instead put into the estate’s new prestige wine, a wine that proudly carries the name Quinta do Vale Meão.

A “second wine” is also produced. Very well known in Sweden. Meandro took the Swedes by storm and sold well.

In years with good conditions, there are also limited releases, almost experimental series, of single variety wines under the label Monte Meão. And, what else to expect, there is a port made in the very best years, Quinta do Vale Meão Vintage Port.

Today is the family owned company chaired by Francisco Javier de Olazabal. His son, who also carries the name Fransisco, is responsible for the winemaking and his daughter Luisa works with marketing and sales. 

 The large winery in granite was built on Dona Antónia’s time. “Our lagares were then big as swimming pools,” says Luisa Olazabal. “During Ferreira’s time they were not used and when we took over, they were full of all kind of things.”

“My brother Francisco thought it was a good idea to start using them again. So when we renovated the winery, we also renovated our lagares and decreased the size to half the original. We could use the remaining granite when we extended the facility. And the smaller lagares suit us much better. The grapes are always vinified separately lot by lot.”

In the 70ies there was a large replanting of the vineyards. Some plots had been flooded when a dam, Valeira, was built in the Douro River. The quinta was compensated by the government and the money was invested in the replanting. An outcome is the single variety vineyards, i.e. only one grape variety per plot. Elsewhere in Douro, it is not unusual with old plots where different varieties are planted together in the same field.

  “In the 70ies there was not that much knowledge about the different grape varieties,” explains Luisa. “But an uncle on my mother’s side was doing a study and he recommended my father to plant Touriga Nacional. That is a variety we believe much in, with low yield and high quality grapes.”

A large part of the estate’s vines is thus Touriga Nacional, almost 45 procent.  Also Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz are well represented with about 20 and 25 procent respectively. There are other traditional varieties too, but just by some percent each: Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Sousão as well as some ”other”. Well, Portugal is known for its hundreds of indigenous grape varieties.

We have finished the tour of the winery when Luisa asks if we would a like a short excursion; “Wouldn’t you like to go up to the chapel and see the view over the quinta?” Of course we want. Luisa goes to get drivers and we meet her charming father.

Quinta do Vale Meão Luisa and Francisco Olazabal

“You know, I love Sweden,” explains Fransisco Javier de Olazabal directly when we meet. “When I was little I read the book about Nils Holgersson’s wonderful trip by Selma Lagerlöf. I’ll never forget it. I remember an island called Gotland, looks like the body of a butterfly.”

“I also remember that you had to know the name of the straits around Denmark to pass the test in geography.” And then he happily recits; “Kattegatt, Skagerack, Great Bält, Little Bält and Sund.”

Fransisco really knows how to seduce a wine lover. Charming engagement, immense knowledge and delicous wines. You fall head over heels. Has this man really reached 75?

We jump into the cars. Fransisco’s jeep and a black Volvo. Up along the steep, bumpy and worn, almost white gravel road. We park at the chapel, built by the founder of the quinta, Dona Antónia. The view is stunning. The Douro River winds through the valley, from east to west. Fransisco points toward the mountains at the end of the valley.

Quinta do Vale Meão Vineyards

“There is a geological fault in this valley, it goes up north almost 100 km. Northern Portugal is very safe from a seismological point of view. Except for this area. It shakes sometimes. However, the most interesting is that this fault has given us three different types of soil.”

The quinta has not only the schist that almost totally dominates the Douro region, but also granite and an alluvial soil with lime and round pebbles. Fransisco compares the latter with the pebbly soils of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He emphasises the advantage of having the three different types of soil. By making a cuvée from these, the wine gets a greater complexity.

Douro meanders quietly through the valley. We stroll slowly through the woods and come to the edge of the quinta’s land. At this point the river makes an impressively big meander bend, a 180 degree turn, delimiting the land as if it was a peninsula. It is easy to understand why one of the wines got the name Meandro.

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro meander

The border to Quinta do Vale Meão goes right here, in the middle of the hill. Fransisco points at the steep slope on the other side of the border; “You can easily understand why Dona Antónia didn’t want that land. It would be impossible to plant vines there, too steep and too stony.”

We stroll back, admire the view again and look at the cork oaks. The old ones, burnt by the last big forest fire 20 years ago, and the young ones. Side by side. It is hot, but soon we meet the jeep driving towards us. Fransisco, the considerate, had gone to fetch it and pick us up. We pack ourselves into the jeep and goes back to the winery again, down the winding road, with a lot of laughter and happy shouts. We will never forget this visit. 

 The tasting room is loaded with water bottles. Exactly what a thirsty wine lover needs after an adventurous jeep excursion. Exactly what is needed to clean the palate, because now it istime to taste the wines from Quinta do Vale Meão.

Tasting notes to follow in the next post…

We visited Quinta do Vale Meão in May 2014. This post was originally posted at my Swedish blog ”Ljuva Druvor”.

Quinta do Vale Meão, Luisa and Francisco Olazabal

 

 

Wine & Soul; lovely spotty wines

Suddenly it looks like we have got yellow skin, all of us. A blazingly fast change of colour in the same second as we walk in through the heavy door to Wine & Soul. But we can take it easy. The reason turns out to be energy-saving lighting in the barrel cellar that weaves everything into a dim, misty yellow light. When Jorge shows us up the stairs and into the next space, where the lagares are full of barrels containing the 2013 vintage, the skin resumes its normal colour.

“Wine & Soul is a small company,” says Jorge. “And we want to keep it that way. Small is beautiful. But we have in fact grown a little the last years.”

Jorge Serôdio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva started Wine & Soul when they bought this old winery and 2,2 hectar vineyards. The year was 2001. Over the years they have bought more land and currently the vineyard area counts to 22 hectars. A neat little work to look after, at the same time as they have positions as winemakers on other quintas

Pintas the dogAnother member of the family, also with a soft spot for grapes, has played an important part in the company. Oh yes, Pintas really like grapes. This cute dog, with pleading eyes and a lot of small spots scattered over the white fur, has given its name to Wine & Soul’s red wine and vintage port. Pintas means spots in Portuguese. The white label of Pintas Character is also adorned by a lot of grey and silver coloured spots.

During the lunch we talked about Jorge and Sandra’s winemaking philosophy. Now I wonder about the name Wine & Soul, why “soul”? The answer comes very quickly.

Wine & Soul

“It is not just a company, it is our passion,” expains Jorge. “We respect the traditions of our families, we want to keep them and build something for the future. This is our lives.”

Wine & Soul produce in total 40.000 bottles, divided between four red wines, one white and two ports. All the grapes destined to port and red wines are foot trodden and fermented in lagares.

Today the winery is too small, there is not enought capacity to ferment all grapes. Thus, some of them are sold to a port wine company. The intention is to expand and get a bigger barrel cellar. Presently the lagares have to serve as barrel storage and it is a tedious work when the barrels must be moved. But it is a slow process to get a buildning permit in the world heritage protected Douro.

Guru 2012, Wine & SoulAlready at lunch we tasted the latest addition to Wine & Soul’s range of wines,  the white Guru 2012. Made of four different grape varieties from very old vines. Sandra explains that Viosinho contributes with tropical fruit, Rabigato with crispy acidity and the neutral Cordega and Gouveio with volume on the palate. The wine is fermented and matured five month in french oak barrels with battonage. No malolactic fermentation to keep the freshness.

Yellow-green shimmering. Large, developed buttery nose with fruitiness of yellow plums and citrus, a touch of oak. Medium plus body, dry with very good acidity. Fresh and at the same time a little thick buttery impression on the palate. Minerality, notes of tropical fruit, apricot, pineapple, well integrated oak. Good length with nice fruitiness.
Fresh, full of character. Lovely!

Now time to taste red. We stand in a corner of the cellar, wrapped in the yellow, misty light. Jorge pours the first wine and we smell the lovely aromas while he speaks about Manoella.

Manoella Tinto 2012.
From Quinta da Manoella, 5 km from here. Who the woman Manoella was, no one knows, despite the fact that the estate has been in the possession of Jorge’s family since 1838.
The grape varieties in Manoella are primarily Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Fransesca. One year in old French barrels. 2012 was a very cold year, which shows in a lighter wine, but still in the fresh, elegant style Jorge aims at.

Purple colour. A little shy nose, herbiness and red berries. Almost medium bodied, good acidity and balanced soft tannins. Dense structure with dark berries, cherries and a touch of oak. Nice, light aftertaste with sour red berries and notes of oak.  A tight, a bit lighter and fresher wine.

Pintas Character 2011.
From old vines, a field blend dominated of Touriga Franca . 16 months on French barrels, 50% new.

Dense, dark red with a little shy, young nose. Medium plus body with good acidity and marked fine tannins. Dark fruit, very complex, well balanced, very good texture, structure and concentration. Long aftertaste finished with deliciously ripe, sweet fruit. Excellent, elegant. Great ageing potential.

Pintas Character ed. 7 corkJorge passes the cork. Natural cork, selected by Jorge and Sandra when they visited the producer. They take quality very serious. On the top is the number seven. It means something special, that it is Sandra and Jorge’s seventh vintage of Pintas Character.

We continue with port. Wine & Soul Tawny Port 10 years, has an actual average age of 15 years, five years more thant the stipulated ten. Why? Simply to make a better wine explains Jorge.

Amber tawny colour. Lovely nose; nutty, caramel, brown sugar and blackberry fruit. Mouthfilling with very good acidity, attractively moderate impression of sweetness, very fruity notes among the caramel and brown sugar. Delicious tawny with concentration and suprisingly high fruitiness. Like!

Pintas Vintage Port 2011.
2011, the year when everything was perfect.  The weather gods blessed September and all plots could be harvested at exactly the right ripeness.  For vintage an ideal year. The best in a century, an opinion shared by many.

First I was bewitched by Quinta do Passadouro Vintage 2011 . Then this an hour later. The Pintas Vintage 2011 will be the wine that definitely turns me from port skepticism to salvation.

Very high intensity, blue-red-black. A symphony of aromas; dark fruit, blackcurrant, flowers, smokiness, spicyness with cinnamon, cumin and peppar, then a complexity which permeats and seduces. On the palate full bodied, velvet soft, fine marked tannins and a very good acidity lowering the impression of sweetness. Fantastic complexity, fruity, blue berries, nuts. A length stretching into eternity, fruity and complex. Wow, gorgeous, such a fantastic wine! A top score dances into the margin of the note book.

We just stand and cuddle with silly smiles to the top of our ears. Jorge notes the reaction and chuckles back with a big smile and great warmth in his voice; “You know, one of the missions of a winemaker is to produce something that can make people happy.”

Yes, we are happy. So happy that we make the biggest mistake of our journey. We should have bought many bottles to take with us back home.

“Do you want to see our old vineyard before you leave?” asks Jorge. He means the little 2,2 hectar vineyard with 80 year old vines, the starting point of Wine & Soul.  A small vineyard with a lot of soul. Of course we want to see it.

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Wine & Soul’s wines are imported to Sweden by Handpicked Wines.

Previous posts about our visit to Jorge Serôdio Borges and Sandra Tavares da Silva in May 2014: