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Tapada da Torre
After having been the first one to believe that the Algarve met the necessary conditions to produce high quality wines, João Mendes is still reinventing the Algarvian wine. During this year he is going to launch three new single chaste wines: "Alvor Arinto", a white wine adequate to the Algarvian summer; "Alvor Moscatel", an aromatic wine; and a rarity, "Tapada da Torre Branco Reserva" made only with the viognier chaste. Another novelty will be the new rosé "Alvor TSN", which brings together one of the best national chastes, Touriga Nacional, the Syrah, which has the reputation of being the best international chaste, and the typical and endogenous Negra Mole.
For 2009 the project is to build a rural hotel with 60 rooms and a winetherapy SPA in Quinta do Morgado da Torre.
Currently, the farm is open to tourist visits, both to the cellar and the vineyard, and promotes wine savourings and gastronomy.
Address: Quinta do Morgado da Torre - Sítio da Penina
8500 - 156 Portimão
Phone and Fax: (+351) 282 476 866
Tapada da Torre – Doc Portimão – reserve – white and red.
Foral de Albufeira –regional wine– selected harvest– red.
Alvor –regional wine – selected harvest – white and red.
Arade – table wine – white and red.
Syrah – regional wine - rosé.
Observations: guided tours by previous appointment.
Quinta da Penina João D' Arens
The great Quinta da Penina's bet for 2008 is another brand: João D' Arens – a red wine, produced from the wine varieties Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez e Syrah, which is integrated in the range of Foral de Portimão Colheita Seleccionada.
Originally João de Ourém, its name was changed by the Algarvian way of talking to João D' Arens, and it is a homage to the writer and first Algarvian President of the Republic Manuel Teixeira Gomes, and to the Alemão beach and Ponta do João D' Arens.
The name of the wine was inspired by a work by Manuel Teixeira Gomes, "Agosto Azul" (Blue August), in which he tells a history from the beginning of the 20th Century, that took place in the vineyards between Ponta do João de Ourém and Três Irmãos de Alvor.
After some incursions from the British sailors to this land where, quoting Teixeira Gomes, "the most delicious figs and the juiciest and more perfumed grapes grow", the population decided to chase them with a stone blow. They gathered the stone-slingers (cattle keepers) in town and other brave ones and waited for the sailors in the beaches in João D' Arens.
When they climbed the cliffs heading the vineyards, it was the chaos. José Rijo, from Monte Canelas, was the first one to hit a British sailor in the head. The other 30 still tried to get the people but these have managed to chase them away. And so, the João D' Arens vineyards became famous.
Production Responsible: João Mariano
Address (cellar): Quinta da Penina, sitio da Torre, 8500 Portimão
Offices: Urbanização Horta da Raminha, lote 33 B, loja 4, 8500-549
Phone: (+351) 282 085 550 and Fax: (+351) 282 085 556
E-mail: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Observations: Guided tours to the vineyard and the cellar