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The Alentejo Region Wine Projects are located in a region that has the hottest average temperatures in Portugal. It is also the birthplace of countless grape varieties and soil types. The Alentejo Region Wine Projects are distributed among different sub-regions. The Herdade do Arrepiado Velho is located in Sousel, near Portalegre, while Herdade da Maroteira with its Cem Reis wines is in the sub-region of Redondo.
The Algarve is a great wine region and Algarve region wine projects have grown exponentially over the last fifteen years. In 2007, there were around 12 Producers/Bottlers in the Algarve region, today there are more than 30. The improvement in quality of Algarve wines was immense and the gamble taken by producers João Clara, Cabrita Vinhos and others in 2006 was remarkable for the process of recovery and validation of the Algarve region.
The process of rehabilitating the Algarve region wine projects also involved rediscovering the Algarve identity, the customs and winemaking traditions of the Algarve people. And in 2011, the Algarve wine project João Clara Vinhos launched a 100% Algarve wine on the market for the first time, produced with the native grape variety of the Algarve region, Negra Mole. A new era of Algarve wines began here, and today there are several wine projects in the Algarve region producing wines with the famous Negra Mole grape variety in its various forms.
The Douro projects began in 2006 when António Maçanita embraced the Quinta do Condoso project. The aim was to convert a quinta, which had little use by the family, and which ended up falling into the hands of Rita, the heiress to the property. The first step was to do a full zoning of the farm to understand the potential of each plot.
hen we managed to divide the estate into several plots that ranged from grapes with potential for superior reserve wines and grapes that would be used for harvest. Later in 2010, the Maçanita siblings were invited by the Miranda siblings to start a Douro project from scratch. In 2017, Joana Maçanita embarks on another challenge with the production of wines from the Meda area with the Alfeu project.
Lisbon has very unique characteristics, due to its proximity to the sea and its deep soils. The Lisbon region wine projects are known for the Castelão and Fernão Pires grape varieties. Wine ID joined a Lisbon region wine project in 2004, when António Maçanita met David Booth and James Frost.