In 2009, from the determination and passion for wines of the children and grandchildren and the then owner, Grandma “Mariazinha”, aged 86, the project Quinta de Santiago “boutique winery” was born.
It was the grandma’s entrepreneurial ability, a woman who lived all her life devoted to vineyards and wine, that was at the project’s genesis by challenging the family to stop selling grapes and to start their own wine project. Determined woman, of fixed ideas, she soon demanded that the brand to create should take the family name and that the sharing of her legacy be followed by the return to the roots of the whole family. We, who lived in the city with frantic careers, whose passion for wine, for vineyards and for rurality grew in her company, so we did it strongly embracing her challenge.
A family project, that gathered the 3 generations of the Santiago family, combining the tradition and knowledge of the older generation with the modernity and enthusiasm of the younger generation in creating authentic wines that expressed the characteristics of the terroir and, at the same time, reflected the personality of this amazing Portuguese native grape variety that is Alvarinho.
For that reason, they bet on a small production of Alvarinho as a state of mind and business idea focused on quality and authenticity. A philosophy that allows to passionately know and control all steps of the grape and wine production, each vine, each bottle, guaranteeing an exclusive and carefully product created until packaging. The first vintage (2012) was launched on the market in 2014.
The face of this family project is the young producer Joana Santiago, whose passion for wines and energy for work were clearly bequeathed to her by her Grandma, an authentic Minho woman!