Antonio madeira

Antonio Madeira, Serra da Estrela

Antonio Madeira is borned and raised in Paris by Portuguese parents. Even though he like France and their wines, he felt an urge to go back to his roots and show the fantastic expressions you can get out of the slopes of Dao. Sadly, many of the great old vineyards in this region have been pulled out, and his goal was to identify the old ‘Grand Crus’ of this region and get this part of the world back on the wine-map.

So in 2010, while he still lived in Paris, he went down and found 1 hectar of 50-year-old wines he thought he could do something extraordinary with and the project began. In 2011 he made his first wine from this vineyard, and since then, a lot has happened. Since 2017 he lives here full time and has 6 hectares, spread out on 6 villages and 23 different vineyard plots.

He has around 40 different indigenous varieties, 20 whites and 20 reds, there is a huge mix of them in all sites (old school planting) and the vines are all 50-120 years old.

Most of the vineyards are located on the foothills of Serra da Estrela, and the rest you find higher up in the mountains. Until 2018, Antonio was making all the wines in his garage, until he finished constructing his own vinery.

The white wines are mineral, complex, spicy and fresh. The reds are fresh with intense fruit, high drinkability but with a serious structure to them.


2017 Branco del Colheita

Soil: Granit
Grape: Mainly Siria, Fernao Pires, Bical, Arinto, Cerceal, but in total 20 old varieties you might not know.
Appellation: D.O.P Sub-Regiao de Estrela
Age of Vines: planted 1948-1968
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, then decanted by gravity for 3 days before fermentation and ageing in 50% stainless steel tanks and 50% in old 500 liter barrels. Bottled in June 2018.


2016 Vinhas Velhas

Soil: Granit, from 10 different parcels 500-600 meters above sea level.
Grape: Mainly Siria, Fernao Pires, Bical, Arinto, Cerceal, but in total 20 old varieties.
Appellation: D.O.P Sub-Regiao de Estrela
Age of Vines: planted 1898-1968
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, then decanted by gravity for 3 days before fermentation and ageing in 30% stainless steel tanks and 70% in old austrian barrels. Bottled in June 2018.


2017 A Liberdale

Soil: Granit
Grape: Mainly Siria, Fernao Pires, Bical, Arinto, Cerceal, but in total 20 old varieties
Appellation: D.O.P Sub-Regiao de Estrela
Age of Vines: planted 1948-1968
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press, then decanted by gravity for 2 days before fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks. Bottled in June 2018.