Sogrape has just acquired Quinta do Centro, in Portalegre. The objective is to rebuild production in the Alentejo.
“The ambition is to produce high quality wines that express the unique terroir of the Serra de São Mamede”, says Sogrape, in a note, where it is not said which amount was involved in the business.
“Sogrape’s winemaking team is now exploring the opportunities of this sub region that is becoming increasingly attractive to Portuguese and international consumers, thereby complementing the company’s portfolio of wines produced in Alentejo, strengthening its credentials as a producer of reference, “says Sogrape.
In the new ownership of the Sogrape group, 10.5 hectares have vineyards planted in the last two decades and there are also 2.5 hectares of old vineyards, about 70 years old. Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Syrah, Viognier, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon are the grapes in Quinta do Centro.
The business included the winery with capacity for 100 thousand kilos vinification and an underground warehouse, with aging capacity of 18 thousand liters in barrel.
Quinta do Centro, located between 500 and 600 meters above sea level, is Sogrape’s latest bet in the Alentejo, where it has been present since 1991, when it launched the ‘Vinha do Monte’, which was then produced with grapes bought in the region of Vidigueira.