Ameal farm changes hands

Esporão recently acquired Quinta do Ameal, a project so far led by Pedro Araújo and belonging to his family since the 1990s. This historic 30-hectare estate, situated in the Lima River Valley, in the heart of the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verdes, pioneered the affirmation of the Loureiro grape variety and its ability to produce world-class white wines.

Over the past few years, the Sporão group has increasingly been consolidate its position in the market, in the production of quality wines. And now, with the recent acquisition of Quinta do Ameal, Sporão enriches its portfolio.

Quinta do Ameal is a reference in the region's wines and values with Spore: differentiation and high product quality, methods organic production and a complete portfolio including wine tourism. This former property dates back to 1710, currently has 30 hectares, of which 14 hectares are vineyard, and follows biological practices. Your grapes are exclusively from the grape variety Lee. Quinta do Ameal's portfolio consists of Ameal wines Loureiro, Quinta do Ameal Solo Single, Quinta do Ameal Choice, an Ameal Sparkling wine and Ameal Late Harvest. All wines are produced in small quantities and sold in selected shops and restaurants.

In addition to the vineyard, the property has 8 hectares of forest composed of a huge variety of trees, some over 200 years old. The houses, gardens and more than 800 meters on the bank of the Lima River complete this territory. The Ameal Wine & Tourism Wine & Tourism Wine & Tourism wine project opened in 2015 and is composed of two houses renovated at the end of 2014. On-site a set of activities in harmony with the surrounding area such as wine tasting, river descents in canoe, bike rides and hiking on the ecovia along of the Lima River. Pedro Araújo, so far owner of Ameal, will remain part of the team.

ounded in 1973 by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira, is one of the most important wine companies in Portugal. Determinant in the national and international affirmation of Alentejo and Douro, the Sporão is also today an ambassador of Portuguese culture, developing his activity within the limits of sustainability and building relationships with customers and consumers around the world.

In the Alentejo region, Esporão produces wines as emblematic as the They will sporte Reserva and Mount Velho, as well as virgin-extra olive oils. Open from 1997, the winetourism of The Estate of Spore is referred to as a project pioneer in Portugal and considered by Wine Magazine – The Essence of Wine, the 'Best of the Year 2016'. In 2017 The Estate of Spore marked 750 years of its Delimitation. 

In 2008, Esporão extended its presence and offer to the Douro region with the purchase of Quinta dos Murças, where terroir wines are produced. 2018 marked by the opening of wine tourism in Quinta dos Murças and the acquisition of of the craft beer Sovina.

With the purchase of Quinta do Ameal this year, in the green wine region, white wines of excellence continue to be produced from the caste Lee.

Esporão markets its products in all types of stores and restaurants in more than 50 countries worldwide. The holistic approach to adaptation of a wide range of innovative sustainable practices in The Spore has led to various national and international recognitions, from which highlight the prestigious 'Sustainability of the year award' awards in The Drinks Business Green Awards 2013 and the 'European Business Awards for the Environment' in the Category of Products and Services in 2014. In 2018, José Roquette, was recognized with the 'The Green lifetime Achievement' Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards and their son John Roquette was considered the 'Personality of the Year 2018', by Revista de Vinhos, in the awards 'The Best 2018'.  In 2019 Sporão assumed a new cycle in the identity and communication of the company and its trademarks with the campaign 'More. Slow down.'