In A&D WINES we dedicate ourselves to the production of wines from grapes grown in our own farms. We respect the unique trait of each parcel and the personality and the features of each grape variety, transforming them into wines that express their origin in an authentic way.
Having a several generations-long family tradition of farming in Baião region, Alexandre Gomes inherited a connection to the land, the people and the farming activities that have fascinated him since an early age. In 1991 he began planting a new vineyard of about 5 hectares spread over a number of plots, as Quintal, Tapadinha, Padronelo, Sarrabalde, Bogalhão, and Várzea, where native grape varieties of the region, Avesso, Arinto and Alvarinho, were planted.
Having an already mature vineyard and aiming to raise awareness of the quality of the wines produced, Alexandre and his wife Dialina, set in 2005 the A&D Wines company and plan investments, both in viticulture and in the creation of infrastructures, for the production of quality wine. From then on the initiatives and projects have multiplied… They purchase a property in the same region, the Quinta dos Espinhosos, with a 7 ha vineyard area that will allow them to put into practice the project of creating a cellar with all the necessary equipment for producing farm white wines.
The Casa do Arrabalde wine is introduced into the markets in 2007 and in 2009 the first Espinhosos harvest occurs. The introduction into the national market was difficult due to the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 and resulting retraction of consumption in Portugal. Reacting to the difficulty in entering the Portuguese market, A&D Wines rapidly starts to explore several European markets. Since then several markets have been conquered, namely in United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.
In 2014 and 2015 they take the first step into markets outside European Union, namely Canada, USA and Brazil. Exports make up the majority of sales – about 90%.
In 2015, A&D Wines decide to move to a more ambitious project and purchase Quinta de Santa Teresa, another bet in Baião sub-region, comprising 33 ha vineyard, 5 ha of Casa do Arrabalde and 7 hectares of Quinta dos Espinhosos, which makes a total of 45 ha. The aim in the medium term is to achieve a production of 300.000 bottles and put Quinta de Santa Teresa in the map of Enotourism in this region.
In 2016 they present four new references of 2015 harvest, the first of A&D Wines at Quinta de Santa Teresa. They introduce the brand Monólogo for the three wines and unique parcel, namely Monólogo Arinto P24, Monólogo Avesso P67 and Monólogo Chardonnay P706. This last one is located in Quinta dos Espinhosos. They also present Singular, “blend” according to the choice and taste of Eng. Fernando Moura, oenologist at A&D Wines.
Located in the sub-region of Baião, the estates Casa do Arrabalde, Quinta dos Espinhosos and Quinta de Santa Teresa have vineyards of low to moderate yields, in predominantely granitic soil, that can reach up to 45 hectares.
Although they are located in the same county, the 3 properties possess special, quite distinguishable features:
The vineyard of Casa do Arrabalde, exposed to the Marão foothills at 490m above sea level, produces late ripening grapes, blessed with a noticeable aroma and freshness.
The vineyard of Quinta dos Espinhosos is located at a similar altitude, 470m, but protected by the forest area that surrounds it. This farm has evidenced an appetence for the production of high-quality Avesso and Chardonnay. Conducted in Cordon Royat, it is now going through a process of conversion to organic farming.
Quinta de Santa Teresa, the most recent element of this project, is located literally on the frontier between the Vinhos Verdes (Green Wine) and Douro regions. Its vineyards are placed at 150 to 340m above sea level. Here blossoming happens early, as well as maturation. The vineyards are divided into terraces separated by granite walls. This is a unique place for the Avesso, a vine variety with a notorious acidity, which benefits from the opportunity for a complete ripening. It consequently reveals its great potential for ageing among the “vin de pays” wines. This property is going through a process of conversion to organic farming.
In the vineyards our mission has mainly to do with constant care, maintaining natural vegetal soil coverage and boosting its biodiversity.
The preservation of the eco-system (water biodiversity, human intervention) is a priority when the aim is to produce natural and terroir wines. We support local communities, from which we choose our workers. These are trained in the principle of appreciating what is authentic and original in our land.This way we will boost the SUSTAINABILITY of this project, not only for us but being aware both of the legacy we received from previous generations and of our responsibility towards the forthcoming ones.
We boost the soil’s regenerative processes, reincorporating subproducts of the vineyard properly composted (foil, leaves, pruning material) and promoting the growth of plants for soil coverage which contribute for its fixation of nutrients.
We do not use neither synthetic products nor herbicides. We have a preventive attitude towards the vineyards’ health. We promote the growth of flora and fauna that help us control the spread of diseases.
We are concerned about preserving our water resources. A properly controlled vegetal coverage contributes for preserving the proper amount of water in the soil. Water is regarded as a precious resource and its use is meticulously managed.
During the vegetative dormancy we promote grazing inside the vineyard, controlling the growth of the soil’s vegetal coverage, thus contributing for its natural fertilizing.
In the cellar we are expected to simply lead the vinification processes in a respectful and non-interventive way, magnifying everything good that the vineyard has given to us.
From the reception of grapes to the bottling we assure that the vinification occurs under the best conditions and the future wine may develop in a natural and harmonious way.
Adequate equipment, control processes and knowledge are used in a wise manner as means of highlighting the authenticity and personality of our wines.
“Quality, difference and personality are the aims that we pursue in the production of our wines, filled with joy and passion.”