Portugal

Materia

With 25 years of experience, Luís Duarte has been recognized as one of Portugal’s most recognized vignerons. Luís is the only Portuguese winemaker to have been awarded Winemaker of the Year 3 times in both 1997 and 2007.Luís aims to develop wine blends tailored to the preferences of the international wine lover, leveraging indigenous grape varietals, ancient winemaking processes, while utilizing state of the art technology. Introduced to the US market only in 2010, they have become an instant success with both brands landing in the top 100 wines of the year in the Wine Enthusiast magazine.

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Rapariga da Quinta

In 1989 Luis Duarte graduated with a 1st degree in oenology and became one of the best of a new generation of winemakers in Portugal. He was chosen 3 times wine maker of the year. A first time even at the age of 27 and in 2010, he was even among the last 6 nominees for the best wine maker in the world. After launching some of Portugal's best domains, he started his own wine-growing region with some vineyards around his house in Alentejo, where he is still one of the top favorites in the region! Its wines are characterized by unprecedented complexity and remarkable elegance.

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Monte do Carrapatelo

The wines are the typical Alentejo style blends, yet quite elegant and complex. The Rubic White made from Viognier, Verdelho, and Antao Vaz is quite excellent, made from wine partly fermented in French oak barrels and aged for six months. We also try to red blend of Touriga Nacional, Argones, and Trincadeira – very smooth and balanced from the nine months in French oak with a firm structure.

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Rubrica

In 1989 Luis Duarte graduated with a 1st degree in oenology and became one of the best of a new generation of winemakers in Portugal. He was chosen 3 times wine maker of the year. A first time even at the age of 27 and in 2010, he was even among the last 6 nominees for the best wine maker in the world. After launching some of Portugal's best domains, he started his own wine-growing region with some vineyards around his house in Alentejo, where he is still one of the top favorites in the region! Its wines are characterized by unprecedented complexity and remarkable elegance.

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Martha's Porto

Martha’s is one of the oldest family owned Port Wine wineries, and has been combining tradition with high quality standards across six generations so far. It was the second generation of the family to embark on the decisive adventure of commercializing grapes in the areas of Cambres and São João de Lobrigos from their own vineayard. It was still needed two more generations for Manuel Nogueira, from the generation of that time, to begin the production and selling bulk wine to other wine merchants. Margarida Nogueira de Jesus, the youngest of three children, married Manuel de Almeida Marta, and from this union, the family began to bottle and market Port. The next generations devoted themselves to the business of Port wine, always very attentive to the quality and distinctiveness of the product. The current generations ahead of the company give a more decisive step to consolidate and expand the family business internationally. Since ever, the whole cycle is done within the family, from the growing of grapes, to the winemaking, bottling and commercialization.

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Gomariz

In the wine region of Vinho Verde, António Sousa has no equal. The winemaker of Quinta de Gomariz makes his wines in the classic way where a fine point of carbon dioxide gives his Vinho Verde's just that little bit more liveliness and tension. His track record is simply impressive. At the last annual election of the very best Vinho Verde's of that year, organized by the Vinho Verde winegrowing committee, he managed to win no less than 5 of the 13 gold medals after a blind tasting! (And this on an entry from 250 different winegrowers) Whoever speaks about Vinho Verde cannot ignore his person. The winery is located in the Vale do Ave, the heart of the Vinho Verde. The area is delineated by 2 large natural barriers. In the East, the Mountains and in the West, the Atlantic Ocean. In the North and South, 2 rivers determine the border, the Douro and the Minho. Hence the commonly used term “Entre-Douro-e-Minho”. Vinho Verde is not the name of the white wine itself, but it is indeed a designation of origin. In other words, there is also red and even rosé Vinho Verde.

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