The 2013 AdegaMãe Terroir White, a new high-end AdegaMãe white wine, won the Excellence Award at the annual gala hosted by the Revista dos Vinhos, a key publication in the sector that each year stages a show otherwise known as the Oscars of Portuguese wine. This award, the most important ever won by AdegaMãe in its short seven year existence, is also of historical relevance to the Lisboa Wine Region: this is the first time a white wine from the Lisboa Region gets the highest award in Portuguese winemaking. Prior to that, only one wine from the region had won such a prestigious award, and it was a red wine.
Honoring a Lisboa producer with the Excellence Award may seem in itself a remarkable feat, but it sheds light on a new quality trend emerging in the wines from the region. A trend that is fostered by several projects, among them AdegaMãe, that in recent years have been raising Lisboa wines to excellence standards on a par with other national and international regions. “From the very beginning we’ve set the goal of dignifying and promoting Lisboa wines as a cornerstone in our project. This award proves that it is possible to have Lisboa ranked among the best, provided you can count on great winemaking, production and marketing teams. We are very proud of the work we’ve developed and feel highly motivated to face the hard and challenging times ahead”, says Bernardo Alves, AdegaMãe’s general manager, before posing a challenge: “High-end restaurants in Lisbon have yet another reason to trust the wine region they are a part of and to keep investing in its excellent wines. Together we can foster a new perception of Lisboa Wines. It is only natural that people ask for wines from popular regions that have been developing great work for years. It is common to hear people asking for ‘a Douro’ or an ‘Alentejo’, but I believe we’ll be hearing a lot more ‘let’s have a Lisboa!’ as well”, says Bernardo Alves, general manager at AdegaMãe.
In the specific case of AdegaMãe, winning the Excellence Award is consistent with other recent awards that attest the quality associated with this Torres Vedras winery: in the last edition of “Encontro com o Vinho e Sabores” another white wine produced at AdegaMãe, the Dory Reserva, won the Grande Prémio Escolha da Imprensa [Press Choice Award]. Precisely one year ago, in the annual Revista de Vinhos gala, AdegaMãe was commended with the “company of the year” award. “The Excellence Award is the single most important award ever given to AdegaMãe, both because of the inherent importance this award has in the sector, and because it was won by a wine — the AdegaMãe Terroir — that is the corollary of all experimental work we have been developing in Torres Vedras since our first harvest, seven years ago. We have been enhancing the quality of our wines and feel very proud because this sort of attention from both critics and the market leaves us side by side with the best national wineries. Recent awards also highlight something we set out to do: to launch one of the best white wine ranges in the country”, says Diogo Lopes.
The AdegaMãe Terroir brand was launched in 2016 to add excellence to the wine range. This brand is defined as the most demanding interpretation of the Atlantic terroir, proposing wines that are unprecedented in their quality, complexity and path from vineyard to winery. These are signature wines, bottled in outstanding harvest years. Therefore, they will only be issued in exceptional years. These are also exclusive wines. The first AdegaMãe Terroir White, honored at the Revista dos Vinhos awards, was available in a limited edition of 2765 numbered bottles, a testament to its uniqueness.
Diogo Lopes, who together with consultant Anselmo Mendes is part of the winemaking team at AdegaMãe, explains the process that delivered the first AdegaMãe Terroir White: “We identified the grapes with most potential and tried to convey the genuine traits of the Lisboa Region wine: minerality, freshness and even some salinity. The grapes for the AdegaMãe Terroir White come from calcareous parcels and are fully expressive of the Atlantic identity. This white wine shows great complexity. It is mineral and sharply influenced by the proximity of the ocean, with a dash of salinity. The wood is evident and balanced, but the wine is by no means dominated by its presence”, he adds.
2013 AdegaMãe Terroir White
Grape varieties: Viosinho, Alvarinho and Arinto.
Tasting notes: Complex, mineral and smoked aroma. Voluminous on the palate, this is an unctuous wine with steady acidity and a salty finish.
Recommended price: 39 euros.
AdegaMãe is the result of an investment in a new business segment by the Riberalves Group, as well as a tribute to matriarch Manuela Alves on behalf of the Alves family. The concept of “Mãe” (mother) comes as an inspiration for a place of birth and creation; a place conceived to make the best from the best grapes and produce the best wines. Located in the Torres Vedras municipality, AdegaMãe shows a clear vocation for the production of unique wines due to its proximity to the sea and the influence of the Atlantic climate. AdegaMãe is also a wine tourism reference within the region. Its exclusive architecture and the variety of activities that take place around the vineyards and the wine itself make it stand out. As part of the Riberalves Group, the Dory brand (inspired by the dories, old boats used by the Portuguese to fish cod) represents the main range of its wines. Since its first harvest in 2010, AdegaMãe’s labor has been acknowledged both in the national and international market, channeling nearly 60% of sales volume to exports. In 2016 AdegaMãe was awarded the Wine Company of they Year in Portugal at the annual Revista dos Vinhos awards. Later that year, AdegaMãe won the Press Choice Prize (2014 Dory Reserva White) and in 2017 it won the Excellence Award (2013 AdegaMãe Terroir White).