Located in Cheleiros, a medieval village located a few kilometers from Lisbon, is the Manz winery that has taken the Portuguese wine market by storm. In the early 2000s, when visiting Cheleiros the Manz family immediately fell in love with the people and the landscape of a place famous for its hills, like Douro, and small land parcels like the Azores. Here is where André Manz discovered an important wine tradition that had made the village famous in the 19th century and, following that discovery, the ManzWine project was born: to recover that tradition and reputation. The winery is now known for its commitment to producing high-quality wines using traditional winemaking methods combined with modern techniques.
The region where Manz winery has called home since the early 2000s is widely known for its hot and dry climate and fertile soils. These are exemplary conditions for growing a range of different grape varieties, including the Jampal, a white grape variety that was widely considered near extinct. When André Manz bought an abandoned vineyard in Cheleiros to make wine for himself and his friends, he was unaware that there would be 200 vines of a variety which nobody was able to identify, which in fact turned out to be Jampal. They are now the proud produces of the only wine in the world to be certified as 100% Jampal.
Cheleiros is a small village, but its Portuguese wine is world-renowned and sought after by wine enthusiast. In recent years, Cheleiros has become increasingly popular among tourists. The village is famous for its wineries and wine tasting tours, which give visitors the opportunity to taste the local wines and learn about the production process. Visitors can also take part in grape picking and wine-making workshops.
Our favourite Manz wines include:
By far our most sought after Manz wine, this extraordinary bottle boasts red fruit flavours and has a simple but enjoyable structure. It is outstanding on the nose with notes of honey, dark fruits and oak.
Dona Fátima is the result of a project to revive a long-lost grape and is only grown in one place on earth. This white wine is the work of producer André Manz, who bought a small vineyard planted with the unknown Jampal grape, despite being advised against it as 'the variety is good but the productivity is low'.
Thise wine is aged in a mix of French and American oak which delivers a powerfully luxurious red wine expressive of dark berries charred wood spice and leather.
Pomar do Espirito has a harmonious aromatic complexity, fresh acidity and a natural freshness allowing for great ageing potential.
Bold yet elegant, this complex ruby red wine is as beautiful and rare as the Lynx that dons its label. Fruity aromas of cassis are coupled with hints of spice that follow through onto the palate, where they are joined by fresh and smooth tannin. It pairs especially well with baked red meats and cheeses.
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