Surprise by the difference

Sovibor, in Borba, recently launched a wine carving based on Moreto, an autocnative Portuguese grape variety introduced in alentejo in the mid-19th century. 19th. A rare novelty since its current use for plantations of this variety in the territory is less than 0.5%.

In a country so rich in grape varieties, it is strange that there are no more producers venturing into the challenge of producing different wines that are surprising by the difference. Sovibor - Borges Wine Society - went further and faced the challenge by producing a monocaste wine - 'Marmoré da Talha' - based on Moreto. A productive caste and late maturation, but still unknown by producers and winemakers, since it is not known where it comes from and who introduced it in Alentejo lands (in Granja Amareleja, Borba, Estremoz and redondo) where it so well adapted.  

Rita Tavares and António Ventura, the winemakers of Sovibor, explain the need for the producer to make a high-end brand, hence the idea of moving forward with a wine that would mark the difference. "The wine was produced with the 2015 harvest and launched in 2017. Moreto grapes come from a vineyard over 50 years old and have been vinified in two 1260 litre slats each," explains António Ventura. 'The harvest is manual, partial desengace and foot step is done in stainless steel lagar. Fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts," says the winemaker.

Sovibor, which has 85 seaweed, most of them acquired in São Pedro do Corval, are all weighed. "We make winemaking in a very traditional way. The carvings are all covered with pez (beeswax, pine resin and olive oil) but what is curious is that each carving always gives rise to a different wine, even if fished in the same way. In the case of Moreto wine, there was also some difference, but nothing transcendent," says Rita Tavares.   

Old Vineyards
Sovibor has a heritage of 85 canisters, all of which are weighed

The sovibor vineyard area is located in the Borba sub-region and accounts for about 200 hectares, 80 hectares of own vineyard and the rest belonging to producers to whom they buy grapes. The soils are clay-shale and are at an altitude of 420 meters. The plot from which moreto grapes come from is small and is over 50 years old. "Moreto is a variety of high productions, and so it has never been widely considered, but in fact, when the vineyard ages, the productions are necessarily smaller and so the grapes reveal another oenological potential and give rise to very interesting wines", says António Ventura. And it's true. In the tasting it was revealed a wine of soft color, with good structure, fruity, with some acidity and good persistence. Very elegant and original, a curious wine that reveals the quality of an almost unknown variety.

It is recalled that Sovibor was founded in December 1968 and results from the merger of two small producers in the region, the Mira and Pinto families, with great traditions in the world of wine. The society settled in a building in borba city centre, dating from 1740, formerly a soap factory. To this building was later added another, and it is in these structures that work cellar and warehouse. Since the end of 2014, it has been owned by the Sousa Tavares group, which among other companies owns the distributor Sotavinhos and Quinta do Progresso. At the time of the acquisition began the works of remodeling and updating the production process, but without ever stealing the space to tradition. A reflection of this is, for example, the acquisition and recovery of carves that, occupying an impressive room, are a sample of an old way of making wine. The company is committed to the replacement of wines at a higher level of quality and, consecutively, higher price. The team, led by Fernando Tavares (in the entrance photo with his daughter and winemaker, Rita Tavares), has in António Ventura the consultant winemaker, but also in his daughter Rita Tavares the most present face in the areas of coordination and oenology.