After the first edition in 2015, Adega Mãe 221 is back for wine lovers to re-savor the work of two winemakers, from two distinct regions, but with a single variety.
Making wines with grapes from two regions is a rare case. In our country, the pioneer was Adega Mãe which in 2015 launched the white Adega Mãe 221, a limited edition of 2700 bottles resulting from the work of two winemakers (Anselmo Mendes and Diogo Lopes) in two regions (Lisbon and Vinhos Verdes) and from a single variety, Alvarinho. The blend with 50% of Alvarinho da AdegaMãe (Torres Vedras, in the Wine Region of Lisbon) and 50% of Alvarinho de Anselmo Mendes (Monção, in the Region of Vinhos Verdes) fermented in wood, and later the best barrels were selected, the two lots, both from the 2017 harvest, to integrate in this Adega Mãe, which still aged three years in bottle. "With this wine we continue our tribute to Alvarinho", explains winemaker Diogo Lopes. "The idea was born in conversation with Anselmo Mendes, in one of the many days we share. Why not merge the most austere profile of Monção, with the salinity so particular of Lisbon? The result was an unprecedented wine, which was imposed among our top-of-the-range. A wine that prestigious the range of whites of Adega Mãe and the whites of Alvarinho, this variety that has given – and has to give – to our country», he shoots. "What we present, once again, are two distinct expressions of Alvarinho, which result in a very genuine interpretation of the queen caste of whites in Portugal. The three-year internship in bottle adds even more originality and complexity," adds Anselmo Mendes.
In Torres Vedras, the vineyards are strongly exposed to the norths that arrive from the sea; heat peaks are less frequent and soils are clay-limestone. In Monção, in the Minho Valley, the Atlantic influence is more moderate, due to the shelter of the mountains on the side of Spain and Portugal; thermal amplitudes are larger and the terrains marked by granite. To the south is born a alvarinho more exuberant and saline, to the north an Alvarinho marked by its austerity. The result is an aromatic, fruity, structured, complex and saline wine, harmonious, with great aging potential. One edition limited to 2530 bottles.
It is refound that AdegaMãe is born from the investment of the Riberalves Group in a new business area and emerges as a tribute of the Alves family to its matriarch, Manuela Alves. The concept of 'Mãe' is also the inspiration for a space of birth, of creation, in which it is intended to enhance the best grapes and give birth to the best wines. Located in the Municipality of Torres and dedicated to the production of wines with its own characteristics, thanks to the proximity of the sea and influence of the Atlantic Climate, AdegaMãe is also a reference for wine tourism in the Lisbon Region, standing out for its exclusive architecture and all the activities developed around the vineyard and wine.
Being a company of the Riberalves Group, the Dory brand (inspired by the Doris, vessels formerly used by the Portuguese in cod fishing) represents the main range of wines marketed. After the first harvest, held in 2010, AdegaMãe has been collecting recognition in the national market, and internationally, where it channels 70% of its production. Named Company of the Year in the wine sector, in 2015, AdegaMãe produces 1.5 million bottles.