Wines that stand out

Quinta do Paral was in Lisbon presenting the new harvests of its wines produced in Vidigueira. A property with a special terroir that gains expression in the production of quality wines.

It has been a few years since German businessman Dieter Morszeck, former president and grandson of the founder of luxury handbag brand Rimowa, fell in love with Portugal. Several times he came to Holiday to Melides, until in 2017 he passed through Vidigueira and fell in love once again with Alentejo lands, to the point of acquiring 85 hectares where vineyards already existed.

Also a good wine connoisseur, Dieter Morszeck saw there the opportunity to produce unique wines, and also a good potential to develop a wine tourism unit – a luxury hotel with 18 rooms currently under construction – that would meet his dreams.

Located in Alentejo, in the vidigueira sub-region, Quinta do Paral's philosophy is sustainability. This is one of the key words of this project that respects eco-systems and traditional production methods.There is also a treasure, old vineyards over 50 years old and varied varieties that allow the German entrepreneur to produce diversified wines. The existing national varieties pass through Arinto, Antão Vão, Perrum and Verdelho (in white), and Aragonese, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Grossa and Tinta Caiada (in ink). They grow alongside international varieties such as Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon (paints) and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Vermentino (white).

According to Luís Morgado Leão (in the entry photo, on the right) these wines aim to reveal the great potential of Vidigueira for the production of wines, 'genuine wines and character'. A philosophy repeated by his colleagues João Anjinho (head of the National Market) and Maria Pica (responsible for Commercial and Marketing» who were also present at the event.

Luís Leão, winemaker of Quinta do Paral

During the race were presented the categories Regional, Selected Harvest, Reserve and Old Vines, in white and red versions. These wines are distributed in Portugal, "but the export aspect is already large, exceeding 60%, mainly for Germany, Macau, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Brazil. This year, negotiations have also begun with the United States and Japan," says Maria Pica." A constantly evolving business, with a positive balance, even if for the public Portuguese the price of the range entry (with pvp around 8.90€) is a little pulled. However, Reserva and Vinhas Velhas wines, two top-of-the-range wines that do not exceed 30€, are more powerful wines, fresh and gastronomic, valued for quality in relation to price.

In the tasting (and lunch), which took place in the restaurant 'O Frade', in Lisbon, stood out the Vinhas Velhas branco (produced with the varieties Antão Vaz and Perrum), and the Vinha Velhas red (made from the Aragonez and Tinta Grossa varieties) for their elegant complexity, both from 2018. Wines that revealed from this the first moment what the best the old vineyards can give, a remarkable balance between fruit, acidity and alcohol, with wood very well integrated, providing memorable moments of tasting.