Since its origin in 1870, Aveleda’s history is blended with that of the Vinhos Verdes Region. Manoel Pedro Guedes had a dream, that “the future of this house will be wine”. And this dream transformed the path of Quinta da Aveleda, an estate belonging to his family for 11 generations. In each generation, the Guedes family is committed to leave something better for the ones who follow. Today, the company is also present in other 3 wine regions of Portugal: Douro, Bairrada and Algarve.
With the first bottle of Aveleda wine, the company assumed itself as producer of wines with character, quality, and history, that engage with consumers all over the world. At the same time it shows great respect for nature and biodiversity, – mirrored in the gardens of the estate – Aveleda aims to keep producing distinctive wines in all of these regions. And carry its dreams around the world.
Small details. Great wines.
Born at Quinta da Aveleda, today Aveleda’s wines are produced from grapes from different sub-regions of the Vinhos Verdes region. This allows us to explore the diversity of soils and terroirs, that complement this unique wine portfolio. The detailed work of viticulture, with particular attention to the Loureiro and Alvarinho varieties, gives birth to a large portfolio of excellent white wines, internationally recognized. Come and explore the small details that make these great wines.
Known for its white wine since 1939, this brand has made all the world sing "Let there be Alegria, Let there be Casal Garcia". Alegria in portuguese means joy, happiness.
Today this brand is also recognized by its rosé, sangrias, sparklings and many other innovative releases, presented to the market each year. Follow Alegria here.
A well-kept secret
After four generations dedicated to wine producing, António Guedes discovers in the oldest winery of the estate – “Adega Velha” – a brandy. It was ageing in cask since the time that his father, Roberto, distilled it. António was fast to realize that this was a brandy of very special quality. This was how, in 1971, Adega Velha was born.
At the beginning it was scarce, barely fulfilling the demand.
Today it has four outstanding references, with different methods of ageing.
Live the Douro
A secular estate in the Cima Corgo sub-region, reborn in 1996 by the hands of Cristiano and Joana van Zeller, who started the production of wines with the appellation Douro and Porto under the brand Quinta Vale D. Maria. The respect for the great diversity of traditional grape varieties, the ancient vineyards from the Douro and the identity of each vineyard lead them to produce wines that fast became an international reference of outstanding quality, also setting the path of the region. Since the beginning, this was a pioneer project that helped to put the Douro appellation wines on the map. In 2017, Quinta Vale D. Maria joined Aveleda, founded in 1870 by the Guedes family, and thus extended its terroir into the eastern subregion of Douro Superior, at Quinta Vale do Sabor.
Singular wines, made with time
Located on the northern part of the Bairrada region, the mosaic of micro-terroirs transforms this estate in a unique place to create wines of great quality. When António and Luís Guedes discovered, in 1997, the old wines that were ageing in the house’s cellar for decades, the fell in love and decided to buy the property. This was the place where António Azevedo Guedes, member of the fifth generation of the family, started his work at Aveleda. He was dedicated, for years, to the study of these soils and the best adapted grape varieties for Quinta d’Aguieira. Later, in 2020, an historic mark is set on the history of this estate, when a new range of wines being released to the market, all of them unique and perfected by time.
The essence of Algarve
Villa Alvor opens the door to a set of wines that combine the best of land and sea. A brand that pays homage to the two cultures that influenced the history of Algarve: the roman and the arab. The red tones of the clay soil, with limestone rocks, ends in the hills that give place to the Atlantic Ocean. Here, in 2019, Aveleda found the perfect place to produce rosé, white and red wines that stand out. With a mineral and fruit driven character, deep and fresh, they reflect the heart and soul of the region.
A history of courage
12 Knights is more than just a wine. It’s a homage to the brave Portuguese heroes that fought for the protection and extension of their territory and their people. Their deeds are exalted in a wine that tells the stories of 12 men, knights and warriors. Each of them with their own personalities and challenges. Come and discover more about the history of Portugal, through them.