Wineries and Producers

Colares Demarcated Region

The Demarcated Region of Colares, created in 1908, small in area when compared to other wine-making regions in the country, achieved relevance at the turn of 20th century due to the high percentage of ramisco vines that were cultivated and occupied a large part of the surface area.     

The Adega Regional de Colares (Colares Regional Cellar) was established in 1931, with the objective of ensuring the quality and origin of the region’s wine products.

Initially founded by 81 members, in the following years it registered a considerable increase in the number of associates and is the oldest cooperative winery in the country.   

In 1934, by decree-law n. º 24 500, of September 19th – considered by many as the true Charter  of Colares wine  – the Adega Regional de Colares was granted the exclusive  right to manufacture Colares wine, at the same time as an aging period of a minimum of two years was set so as to guarantee the quality of this wine product.    

In the following decades, the high cost of labour, the difficult planting in the sandy soil, the crisis in wine production, the increase of pine forests in detriment of vineyards and the advance of urban areas have, among others factors, contributed towards the decrease in the production of ramisco.     

Today, besides the Adega Regional de Colares, there are other wineries and individual producers of the Colares wine.

Beira Mar Wine Cellar

Beira Mar Wine Cellar

Some of the oldest private wine cellars storing wine from the Colares denominated region were located in the village of Azenhas do Mar. We are familiar with those owned by Luís Augusto and Manuel José Collares, who have been producing and marketing this wine since 1848.

In 1899 João, António and Hermegildo Bernardino da Silva who became known locally as the Chitas family, acquired some of these cellars and established a company called Collares Chitas.

In about 1900, António Bernardino da Silva Chitas set up the Beira Mar cellars which markets Colares wine to this day and is the only one to export it internationally.

 

Contacts

António Bernardino Paulo da Silva

Av. Luís Augusto Colares, 70 – 74, Azenhas do Mar,

2705-106 COLARES SINTRA

GPS: 38º 50’ 06,352” N, 9º 27’ 57,900” W

T: 219 292 036

F: 219 282 474

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Opening times

Monday to Friday - pre-bookable visits: 08h00-12h00 / 14h00-18h00

Closes at 17h00 on Fridays

Closed on weekends and public holidays

 

Resources and services

Guided Tours (pre-booked)

Shop

Car Park

Loja

Parque de Estacionamento

Casal de Santa Maria

Casal de Santa Maria

The history of this Quinta goes back to the beginning of the 18th century. The main house was built in 1720 and, surprisingly, managed to survive the 1755 earthquake due to the granitic structure of the Sintra Mountain.

In 1903, wine production was halted but, 100 years on, the “the westernmost vines of Europe” were replanted and the wine cellar modernized.

The Casal Sta. Maria wines result from an expression of Nature and the unique terroir surrounding the vines located on the west coast of the Sintra Mountain. 

The Casal Sta. Maria, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountain, is influenced by the maritime climate, with cool nights and dense morning fogs accompanied by ocean breezes.

The soils, clay with a top layer of sand, have large granitic outcrops and are rich in organic matter due to the presence of the Coudelaria de Cavalos Árabes (Arabian Horse Farm) during the 1970s and 80s.

The wines resulting from this terroir remind us of the ocean; they are very aromatic, fresh, mineral, elegant and balanced, with a singular, strong salty touch. These are wines that present great aging potential, are complex and have character, clearly expressing the unique terroir of the Sintra Mountain.

 

Contacts

Casal Santa Maria - Adraga Explorações,

2705-177 CASAS NOVAS, COLARES - SINTRA

GPS: 38º47'37'' N, 9º27'44'' W

T: 219 292 117

F: 219 235 202

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W: www.casalstamaria.pt

 

Opening times

Monday to Friday – 9h00 -18h00

Closed on weekends and public holidays

Resources and services

Guided tours and wine tasting (pre-booked)

Shop

Events

Car park

Colares Demarcated Region

Colares Demarcated Region

Located between Sintra mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Colares region encloses the parishes of Colares, S. João das Lampas and S. Martinho, in Sintra district.

Colares has been a Demarcated Region since 1908, being the westernmost demarcated 
region of continental Europe and the smallest still-wine producing region in Portugal.

Vines are grown in sandy soil similar to beach sand. Due to the closeness of the sea, the climate is very specific, with agreeable temperatures, strong sea winds, and a high percentage of air moisture. Plants must be shielded from sea winds, which is accomplished through hand-made palisades of dried canes sewn with wicker.

The resulting landscape looks extraordinary; some authors compare it to a honeycomb.

For the planting of these vineyards, in the first step all the sand must be removed, down to the clay layer, where the plant material (rods) is set For the next 3 to 4 years, the sand is gradually put back, together with manure applications, till the vineyard is settled in level ground and ready for production.

These plants are living monuments, some of them more than 100 years old Traditional, the vines have one or more arms of old wood spread on the ground The arms hold the rods, sometimes more than 10 per vine. Just before ripening, the vines are propped up away from the sand, using 50 an-long pieces of cane. At this stage, grape clusters are often covered with dried weeds from the vineyard itself, to prevent sunburns. 

Properties are generally small and bound by loose stone walls, stones being brought from vineyards planted in non-sandy soils, known locally as "hard soil”.

This is a wholly hand-made viticulture seen at its best during the ripening period, that is, between mid- August and mid-September.

Guided visits to the sandy soil vineyards available, pre-booked with the producers of the Colares DOC wine

 

Colares Regional Wine Cellar

Colares Regional Wine Cellar

The Colares Regional Wine Cellars were founded in 1931 and currently produce over 50% of the region’s wines and are supplied by 90% of its producers.

This cooperative has played a hugely important social role in the region in the agricultural sector for over 80 years now. It produces wines from the Colares Protected Designation of Origin, regional Lisboa wines and table wines suited for any occasion.

The original building which is still in use looks grand from the outside and is striking inside due to its sheer size. The main building houses a vast number of huge vats where the cellars’ wines are left to mature. 

 

Contacts

Av. Coronel Linhares de Lima, n.º 32 Colares,

2705-351 SINTRA

GPS: 38º48'19.48'' N, 9º26'58.63'' W

T: 219 291 210

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W: www.arcolares.com

 

Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 09h00-13h00 / 14h00-18h00

Closed on Sundays and public holidays

 

Resources and services

Guided tours including wine tasting

Shop

Car Park

Events

Haja Cortezia Wines

Haja Cortezia Wines

Haja Cortezia Wines is our project, located in the northernmost area of the Colares Wine Region, more precisely in the village of Cortesia.

We are distinguished by the proximity to the sea and the weather conditions that come with it. The work we do in the vineyards is demanding, as we use ancestral methods and because we design our wines according to the vineyard itself, the so-called “field blend”. We believe this is the best way to honor the tradition and history of the true Atlantic Terroir.

In addition to the old vines that we inherited from our family, we planted Malvasia de Colares and Ramisco, on sandy soils and using “pé-franco” which means without grafts. In the future we will have Alvarinho and Pinot Noir.

Our ambition is to continue to develop the vineyards, winery and wine tourism, without losing the identity of a small company that values the land, the sea and the tradition of wine culture. As our slogan indicates, “Tradition and soul by the sea” is what we believe in.

 

Contacts

Rua das Eiras nº 32ª - Cortesia

2705-576 São João das Lampas

GPS: 38.90229, -9.41703

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W: www.hajacorteziawines.pt

 

Resources and services

Guided visits to the cellar and vineyard (pre-booked)

Wine tasting (pre-booked)

Events

Parking

Quinta de San Michel

Quinta de San Michel

Quinta de San Michel, in Janas - in the heart of the parish of S. Martinho, (today the union of parishes in Sintra), appears with the intention of giving a new life to the region.

Our vineyards are planted between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra de Sintra. With the 2 hectares of our Quinta, we have a very well defined gold- to contribute to the rejuvenation of the region, producing the typical grape varieties of the past and, of course, to make and produce a good wine.

Our strategy was to produce Malvasia de Colares and Arinto grape varieties.

 

Contacts

Estrada de Janas - Quinta de San Michel

2710-265 Sintra

GPS: 38°49'28.40"N   9°25'17.28"W

T: 919 354 610

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W: www.quintasanmichel.com

 

Opening times

Monday to Friday – 9h00 -16h00

Weekends – 9h00-12h00

 

Resources and services

Guided tours and wine tasting (pre-booked)

Car park

Quinta Vale da Roca

Quinta Vale da Roca

Quinta Vale da Roca is an agritourism dedicated to the vineyard exploration and winemaking. Located on the southern slope of Cabo da Roca in Azóia, Colares, in the heart of Sintra Natural Park.

 

Contacts

Ricardo Silva Pinto

Rua Casal Farripas, 8 – Sítio dos Moinhos

2705-001 COLARES

T: 968 047 89

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W: www.valedaroca.com

 

Opening times

Monday to Friday – 10h00 -18h00

Weekends – 11h00-17h00

 

Resources and services

Guided tours and wine tasting (pre-booked)

Events

Car park

Accommodation - Agritourism

Ramilo Wines

Ramilo Wines

2013. This was the year brothers Pedro and Nuno Ramilo were challenged by their father to embrace a family tradition of 4 generations.

They said yes, but with one condition: they would do it their own way. From that moment on, they would not be just another wine producer, making good wines, that don’t stand out. They believed their future laid in their ancestors’ roots, hidden in the Lizandro River slopes and in the sandy properties of Colares, among the terraces and ancient stone walls of the old family vineyards. They rebuilt the family estates, saved old vines and planted new ones. The brothers are now on the verge of becoming the largest private producer of the famous Ramisco from Colares.

 

Contacts

GPS: 38°54'27.8"N 9°20'32.3"W

38.907724, -9.342309

T: 967 644 446 / 219 611 453

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W: www.ramilowines.com

 

Resources and services

Guided tours and wine tasting (pre-booked)

Events

Car park

Villa Vergani

Villa Vergani

 

Contactos

Villa Vergani, Agricultura e Turismo, lda

Avª Dr. Brandão de Vasconcelos, 122 – Almoçageme

2705-018 Colares

GPS: 38º47’39.372” N, 9º27’59.742” W

T: 934026515

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W: www.mareetcorvus.pt

 

Resources and services

Guided tours to the vineyard and wine tasting (pre-booked)

Car park

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