AdegaMãe: Transforming Lisboa Wine Region with Unique and Authentic Blends – Discover Portugal’s Distinct Wine Landscape Sip by Sip

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AdegaMãe: Transforming Lisboa Wine Region with Unique and Authentic Blends – Discover Portugal’s Distinct Wine Landscape Sip by Sip


In scenic Torres Vedras, Portugal, AdegaMãe embodies a family’s profound connection to their birthplace. This winery pays homage to the region’s rich historical legacy and deep ties to viticulture. Established in 2010 by the Alves family, founders of the Riberalves Group, AdegaMãe is a tribute to the family matriarch Manuela Alves.

In October 2023, I had the privilege of visiting AdegaMãe alongside colleagues from around the globe. We were treated to a delightful wine-tasting session, followed by a memorable lunch in the company of the owner, Bernardo Alves, and the talented winemaker, Diogo Lopes.

A memorable lunch at AdegaMãe winery with colleagues from around the globe and with the owner, Bernardo Alves, and winemaker, Diogo Lopes.
A memorable lunch at AdegaMãe winery with colleagues from around the globe and with the owner, Bernardo Alves, and winemaker, Diogo Lopes. (Photo: Fredrik Åkerman)

Unveiling the Hidden Gem: Lisboa’s Unique Climate and Diverse Terroir Fuel Extraordinary Wine Production

In the Lisbon region, the Atlantic Ocean plays a vital role in shaping the local climate, creating cool conditions that resemble those of northern Europe despite the region’s southerly latitude. This unique combination of moderate temperatures and constant sea breezes provides an ideal environment for cultivating grapes.

The diverse landscape of the Lisboa wine region, with its coastal and inland areas, gives rise to distinct microclimates in each location. These varying conditions contribute to nine different appellations within this relatively compact region. AdegaMãe, located in the sub-region of Torres Vedras near the coast and in the heart of the Lisboa wine region (only 40 kilometres or 25 miles north of Lisbon), also possesses vineyards in the inland sub-region of Alenquer.

From Coastal Breezes to Mountain Ranges: Discover the Unique Terroir of AdegaMãe Vineyards

AdegaMãe manages 120 hectares (297 acres) of vineyards and also sources grapes from contracted wine growers. The vineyards are located in two distinct areas: half in Torres Vedras, where primarily white grape varieties are cultivated (except for Pinot Noir), and another half in Alenquer on the opposite side of the Montejunto-Estrela mountain range, exclusively dedicated to the growth of red grape varieties.

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Montejunto-Estrela mountain range, the white vineyards of Torres Vedras enjoy a unique climate. With cool summers and a refreshing sea breeze, these vineyards give rise to vibrant white wines with distinctive acidity, minerality, and a hint of salinity. On the other hand, the red vineyards in Alenquer experience a more continental climate, characterized by more significant temperature variations, warmer summers, and earlier ripening. Consequently, they produce harmonious, juicy red wines that are abundant with ripe fruit flavours and exhibit smooth tannins.

AdegaMãe's owner Bernardo Alves in the winery.
AdegaMãe’s owner Bernardo Alves in the winery. (Photo: Fredrik Åkerman)

Cultivating Local Grapes with a Global Twist

Initially, both black and white grapes flourished along the coastal region. However, meticulous analysis of soil acidity and pH levels concluded that the limestone soil exhibited greater suitability for cultivating white grape varieties. Consequently, the vineyard redirected its attention towards white varietals, except Pinot Noir.

AdegaMãe focuses on local grape varieties, like Alvarinho, Arinto, Fernão Pires, Viosinho, Vital, Aragonez, Castelão, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, which make up 85% of their production. They also use several international grape varieties in some of their wines, like Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, among others. Blending with these international grape varieties has been a cherished tradition in the Lisboa wine region for almost thirty years, allowing experimentation while honouring local winemaking customs.

Inspired by the local climate, in 2011, AdegaMãe dedicated two hectares to Riesling, this northern European grape. The wine is crafted in a dry style and aged for five years in steel tanks, developing a captivating salinity. Although uncommon in Portugal, Riesling is cultivated by a few producers. However, they believe in preserving the authenticity of their local varieties, as they hold the key to future interest and demand.

Impressive production and high export volumes

The production facility produces an impressive 4 million bottles, an astonishing 80% of them being exported to over 30 countries. Brazil is the largest market, accounting for a substantial share of the exports.

Winemaker Diogo Lopes, wine author Fredrik Åkerman and AdegaMãe's owner Bernardo Alves.
Winemaker Diogo Lopes, wine author Fredrik Åkerman and AdegaMãe’s owner Bernardo Alves. (Photo: Fredrik Åkerman)

Dory Branco 2022: Grapefruit, Tropical Nuances, and a Hint of Salinity

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Dory Branco 2022.

Dory derives its name from the traditional fishing boat utilized for cod fishing. Dory Branco 2022 exudes an aromatic profile, boasting grapefruit notes, subtle tropical nuances, and a hint of asparagus, all complemented by a mineral essence and a touch of salinity. The palate presents a dry and crisp character, accompanied by refreshing acidity and a warm sensation.

This wine is crafted from a harmonious blend of Viosinho, Alvarinho, Arinto, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties sourced from the Torres Vedras vineyards. After gentle pressing and cold decanting, the grapes undergo a 15-day alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 14-15°C (57-59°F). After fermentation, the wine undergoes a maturation process for 4 months, during which it remains in contact with the lees through a technique known as batonnage. The production is an impressive volume of 100,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Viosinho 2021: Crisp Apple, Jasmine Fragrance, and Subtle Mineral Undertones

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Viosinho 2021.

AdegaMãe Viosinho 2021 showcases enchanting aromas of crisp green apple, yellow plum, delicate chamomile, fragrant jasmine, subtle mineral undertones, and a touch of salinity. The palate unveils a dry and refreshing character with a delightful warmth.

This wine is crafted from Viosinho grapes cultivated exclusively in the vineyards of Torres Vedras. The process begins with total destemming, gently pressing and cold decanting. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 15-16°C (59-61°F) for 15 days. After fermentation, the wine is subjected to a maturation period lasting 4 months. During this time, it is kept in contact with the lees through a technique called batonnage. The production is 10,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Arinto 2019: A Delicate Symphony of Citrus and Elegance

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Arinto 2019.

The AdegaMãe Arinto 2019 presents delicate aromas of lemon and orange blossom, subtle hints of flint and moist stones, and a touch of butteriness resulting from the batonnage process. The palate reveals a dry profile complemented by vibrant acidity and a gentle warmth. Over time, this wine matures gracefully, making it an excellent choice for cellaring.

This wine is exclusively crafted from the Arinto grape variety cultivated in the vineyards of Torres Vedras. The grapes undergo destemming, gentle pressing, and cold decanting, followed by a carefully controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats at 15-16°C (59-61°F) for 15 days. The wine is allowed to mature for 6 months, during which it remains in contact with the lees through a process known as batonnage. The production is 10,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Vinhas Velhas Branco 2019: A Gem of Captivating Aromas and Complexity

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Vinhas Velhas 2019.

AdegaMãe Vinhas Velhas Branco 2019 offers delightful aromas of peach, papaya, and a subtle hint of petroleum, reminiscent of a mature Riesling. Delicate nuances of gunpowder and wood intricately enhance the bouquet, adding a captivating complexity to the aroma. This wine showcases the palate’s dry, fresh, and warm character, resulting in a delightful experience.

This wine originates from a historic old vineyard on a west-facing slope in the heart of the Serra de Montejunto mountain range. This region is renowned for its exceptional terroir, allowing the grape variety to shine.

The grapes are carefully hand-harvested and delicately pressed to extract their precious juice. Following 48 hours of cold static decanting, the juice undergoes fermentation in a temperature-controlled cement egg for 20 days. Subsequently, the wine matures within the same cement egg, developing a unique texture and complexity. Limited to just 3,000 bottles, this wine is a rarity.

Dory Rosé 2022: Peach, Raspberry Delight with Subtle Vegetal and Mineral Notes

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Dory Rosé 2022.

Dory Rosé 2022 presents delightful aromas of peach, strawberry, raspberry, and dark plum, accompanied by subtle hints of vegetable and mineral notes. It offers a dry and refreshing experience on the palate with a balanced acidity that tempts the taste buds.

This wine is crafted from a harmonious blend of the esteemed grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Pinot Noir. The grapes are gently pressed until the desired hue is achieved, following a direct charge to the press. Afterwards, a cold static decanting process ensues, and the alcoholic fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 14-15°C (57-59°F) for 15 days. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine undergoes batonnage, where the wine lingers in contact with the lees. The production is 30,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Pinot Noir Rosé 2022: A blend of strawberry, cherry, and subtle floral notes

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Pinot Noir 2022.

With delicate aromas of strawberry and cherry, accompanied by subtle floral and spicy hints, the AdegaMãe Pinot Noir Rosé 2022 offers a truly refined experience. On the palate, it delights with a dry, crisp acidity and a warm character.

This wine is crafted from the Pinot Noir grape variety cultivated in the vineyards of Torres Vedras. The grapes are carefully handpicked during the harvest and immediately loaded into the press, utilizing only the first squeeze. Afterwards, a cold static decanting process is carried out for 48 hours, followed by a 20-day fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged on fine lees for 8 months to enhance its character. Limited to just 3,000 bottles, this wine is a rarity.

Dory Tinto 2022: Aromatic Intensity and Juicy Delights

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Dory Tinto 2022.

Dory Tinto 2022 boasts a large aromatic intensity, combining notes of violet, rose, cassis, and other dark berries, along with hints of paprika and a touch of balsamic. It delivers a juicy and refreshing experience on the palate, with soft tannins and a warming taste.

This wine is carefully crafted from a harmonious blend of prestigious grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, cultivated in the vineyards of Alenquer. It undergoes a cold pre-fermentation maceration for 2 days, followed by fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 22-25°C (72-77°F) for 15 days. A portion of the ageing process takes place in used French oak barrels, adding a touch of complexity and character. The production is an impressive volume of 150,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Castelão 2017: A Symphony of Blackcurrant, Prune, and Subtle Smokiness

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Castelão 2017.

AdegaMãe Castelão 2017 exhibits enticing aromas of blackcurrant, dark plum, prune, rose, and leather, with a hint of spice and a subtle touch of oak barrel smoke. On the palate, it delivers a refreshing experience with medium tannins and a delightful warmth.

This wine is carefully crafted from the Castelão grape variety grown in the vineyards of Alenquer. The grapes undergo a process, including total destemming and a fermentative maceration lasting 2 days. The temperature-controlled fermentation takes place for 15 days, followed by ageing for 11 months in selected used French oak barrels. Limited to just 3,000 bottles, this wine is a rarity.

AdegaMãe Touriga Franca 2020: Cassis Aromas, Floral Undertones, Velvety Tannins, and Pleasing Acidity

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Touriga Franca 2020.

Aromatically, the AdegaMãe Touriga Franca 2020 showcases delightful notes of cassis, prune, raisin, mint, and floral undertones, complemented by a subtle hint of balsamic. On the palate, it exhibits a pleasing acidity, velvety tannins, and an inviting warmth.

This wine is crafted from the Touriga Franca grape variety cultivated in the vineyards of Alenquer. The grapes are carefully handpicked and delicately placed in 18 kg boxes. After gentle destemming, a pre-fermentative maceration takes 2 days, followed by a controlled temperature fermentation lasting 15 days. The wine then matures for 12 months in French oak barrels, adding depth and character. The production is 10,000 bottles.

AdegaMãe Terroir Tinto 2016: An Elegant, Complex, and Intense Pleasure with Remarkable Endurance

A wine bottle of AdegaMãe Terroir 2016.

The AdegaMãe Terroir Tinto 2016 exhibits a captivating bouquet of blackcurrants, blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, resin, and mineral notes, resulting in a truly complex and intense aroma. On the palate, one can experience the delightful presence of fresh, ripe, and intense tannins and a warm finish. The lingering aftertaste is remarkably enduring, leaving an indelible impression.

This wine is crafted only in the most exceptional years, undergoing ageing in the finest oak barrels and bottles. It represents the purest expression of the terroir, shaped by the Atlantic influences of the Lisboa wine region. The Torres Vedras vineyards cultivate a harmonious blend of grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are carefully hand-harvested in 18 kg boxes, destemmed, and undergo a pre-fermentation maceration for 2 days. The fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature for 15 days, resulting in a complex wine. Finally, it is aged 18 months in new French oak barrels, adding layers of refinement and elegance. Limited to just 3,000 bottles, this wine is a rarity.

AdegaMãe: Portuguese Viticulture’s Triumph, Blending Tradition and Innovation for Acclaimed Wines

AdegaMãe is internationally recognized in the wine industry for its innovative approach to grape varieties. They craft exceptional wines by focusing on white grapes and exploring non-traditional varieties like Riesling. With a successful export strategy, they reach wine enthusiasts in over 30 countries. AdegaMãe is a triumph of Portuguese viticulture, blending tradition and innovation.