The Alentejo of Howard’s Folly

After a tour through the Douro where we visited several of our partners in the region, we headed south, to the city of Estremoz, for a visit to the Alentejo producer Howard’s Folly. We were able to witness the work being carried out by the duo formed by the English businessman Howard Bilton and the acclaimed Australian winemaker David Baverstock.

We met the space dedicated to wine tourism with a wine shop and an exhibition of various artworks from Howard Bilton’s private collection, the cellar and the already famous restaurant led by chef Hugo Bernardo.

The vineyards where Howard’s Folly wines are born are located on the outskirts of Portalegre. We tasted the most recent vintages, and it was possible to prove a balance between the Alentejo character and an enormous elegance that makes us more and more excited to be able to work on this project.

We’ll be present at Essência do Vinho 2023

As usual, Vinicom is once again present in another edition of Essência do Vinho. The event, one of the most relevant national wine events, takes place, once again, in the beautiful scenery of the Palácio da Bolsa, in Porto, between February 23rd and 26th.

We’ll be present at Essência do Vinho 2023 with the producers Lavradores de Feitoria, Quinta de Stº António, Howard’s Folly, Quinta da Brunheda, Blackett, Quinta do Vale Meão, Freixenet and Mionetto.

For more details about the event or to buy your tickets, go to AQUI. We count on you.

We went to discover the news of Lavradores de Feitoria

At the gates of the city of Sabrosa is located the new headquarters of Lavradores de Feitoria, which now adds its production center to the wine tourism features. We visited this Douro producer to get to know the new facilities, as well as several curiosities about the production concept and, of course, the new vintages of their wines.

The visit was conducted by Olga Martins, CEO of Lavradores de Feitoria, Paulo Ruão, Winemaking Director, and Raúl Pereira, winemaker. It was a very pleasant day in which we exchanged experiences and goals for the future.

There was a lunch irrepressibly paired with Lavradores de Feitoria’s wine portfolio, which confirmed the producer’s consistent and growing quality. In addition to the most recent vintages, we tasted the brand new Vinha do Sobreiro, which comes from a vineyard located in Celeirós, in the Pinhão valley.

Quinta do Côtto welcomes Vinicom team

Our roadtrip through the Douro also included a visit to the historic Quinta do Côtto, where we were able to discover several details about the manor house, the vineyards, the cellar and, of course, the wines. The visit was led by the owner, Miguel Champalimaud, and by the winemaker, João Grave.

We toured some of the plots of Quinta do Côtto where we were able to witness some work being carried out in the vineyards, namely pruning. We also visited the cellar and the barrel room where the wines age.

Then we tasted the entire range of wines from Quinta do Côtto and also from Paço de Teixeiró, a property located in the Vinho Verde region and also owned by the Montez Champalimaud family. The enormous quality of the wines from this producer from the Douro region has been proven and they reveal an excellent aging potential.

Vinicom discovers news from Ameias

On the January 20th, Vinicom team visited Sociedade Vinícola de Palmela, producer of the Ameias brand, to learn “in loco” about the history of this company, which was born in 1964 and is today led by the trio Vasco Guerreiro, Filipe Cardoso and Luís Camacho Simões.

In addition to strengthening the connection with this producer from the wine region of Península de Setúbal, the visit aimed to know the details in terms of production, align strategies for the future and stay tuned to the company’s new projects.

In the early afternoon we headed to Casa das Tortas de Azeitão where it was possible to testify the pairing potential of Ameias wines with diverse cuisine. In terms of desserts, the harmony between Moscatel de Setúbal and the equally famous Torta de Azeitão and other regional sweets also stood out.

Vinicom present at Vinhos & Sabores 2022

As usual, Vinicom is once again present in another edition of Vinhos & Sabores, an organization of Grandes Escolhas magazine. What is considered the largest wine fair in the country returns to FIL – Lisbon International Fair, in Parque das Nações, and takes place between October 8th and 10th.

Vinhos & Sabores 2022 brings together around 400 exhibitors, providing visitors with the opportunity to taste a huge variety of wines at first hand, as well as a rich program of activities, commented tastings and showcookings.

To point out the “Prove Connosco” sessions in which producers will hold a 20-minute session to present 2 wines of their choice and guide its tasting. On the 9th, a Freixenet and Mionetto taste will take place. On the 10th, there’ll be sessions dedicated to producers Howard’s Folly, Lavradores de Feitoria and Blackett.

In this edition of Vinhos & Sabores, Vinicom will be present with the producers AB Valley Wines, Ameias, Blackett, Bojador, Freixenet, Howard’s Folly, Lavradores de Feitoria, Mionetto, Montez Champalimaud, Quinta de Stº António, Quinta do Vale Meão, Tagente and Vale da Corça.

For more information about Vinhos & Sabores 2022, you can check the event’s official website HERE.

Vinicom ensures distribution of Howard’s Folly

Vinicom ensures from now on the exclusive representation in the national market of wines from producer Howard’s Folly. With the addition of Howard’s Folly to our portfolio, Vinicom expands the range of Alentejo producers where we already had the Bojador and Tangente projects.

For Duarte Sousa Coutinho, commercial director at Vinicom, «the Alentejo region has a very consolidated reputation in the national and foreign markets and has been able to reinvent itself and present new projects such as Howard’s Folly. We’re excited to have a producer with the profile and positioning of Howard’s Folly and whose potential for growth in sales and awareness is huge.”

Howard’s Folly was created in 2002 by the British businessman and art collector Howard Bilton and the Australian David Baverstock, an unavoidable name in winemaking in Portugal where he has worked in companies such as Esporão, Symington Family Estates, Quinta do Crasto or Ravasqueira. Although the winery is located in the city of Estremoz, the vineyards are located in the Portalegre area, where they benefit from the freshness of the Serra de São Mamede.

Howard’s Folly is committed to the production of small batches of premium wines based on old vines of varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Castelão or Syrah. The company also produces a liqueur wine from Carcavelos resulting from a field blend of varieties such as Arinto, Galego Dourado, Boal, Rabo de Ovelha or João Santarém.

Howard’s Folly wines are now available on Vinicom website and can be purchased HERE.

Vinicom present at Essência do Vinho 2022

Essência do Vinho is back and Vinicom, as usual, will be present at this edition that will take place again at Palácio da Bolsa, in Porto. The 18th edition of this unique event in the national wine scene will be held between March 31st and April 3rd.

We will be present with several producers that we proudly represent: Quinta do Vale Meão, Lavradores de Feitoria, Montez Champalimaud (Paço de Teixeiró and Quinta do Côtto), Blackett, AB Valley Wines, Vale da Corça, Quinta de Stº António, Bojador, Freixenet and Mionetto.

During Essência do Vinho 2022, more than 4,000 wines from around 400 national and foreign producers will be tasted. An intense parallel program of activities will take place, with emphasis on a commented tasting of Douro and Port wines dedicated to the producers Quinta do Côtto, Lavradores de Feitoria and Blackett.

You can access HERE to learn all about Essência do Vinho 2022 and buy your tickets. Looking forward to see you!

Portugal Masters is back with Vinicom

The biggest golf event in Portugal is back to Vilamoura and again with the sponsorship of Vinicom.

The Portugal Masters 2021, tournament integrated in the European golf circuit European Tour, will be held from 4 to 7 November, again at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Vilamoura.

The competition is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors and high media coverage globally.

In this edition of Portugal Masters, Vinicom is, once again, the official sponsor of alcoholic beverages (wines and sparkling wines) with Freixenet and Mionetto brands.