The AdegaMãe Winery comes from the passion for wine that has always been at the core of the Serralves Group. Supported by a modern and innovative architectural project, the AdegaMãe is a strong investment in both the wine industry and wine tourism.
What is special about AdegaMãe is that it invests in genuine wines that are a true expression of the unique characteristics of the Lisbon Region, very much defined by its Atlantic influence.
The concept of “Mãe” (mother) comes as an inspiration for a place of birth and creation; a place conceived to grow the best grapes and make the best wines wines. Located in the Torres Vedras municipality, AdegaMãe shows a clear vocation for the production of unique wines due to its proximity to the sea and the influence of the Atlantic climate. AdegaMãe is also a wine tourism reference within the region. Its exclusive architecture and the variety of activities that take place around the vineyards and the wine itself make it stand out.
As part of the SERRALVES Group, a codfish processing company, the Dory brand (inspired by the dories, old boats used by the Portuguese to fish cod) represents the main range of its wines. Nearly 60% of this sales volumecomes from exports.
Climate, calcareous soils, orography of the property and the investment in great grape varieties, both national and international, allow AdegaMãe to develop unique, truly surprising wines with a particular character. With over 40 hectares divided into 2 expressive vineyards. The Atlantic vineyards are a mere 10 km away from the sea, these vineyards fully express the personality and subtlety of white wine grape varieties: Viosinho, Alvarinho and Chardonnay. Their Hillside vineyards, further in and protected from strong Atlantic winds are able to reach a deeper maturation, these vineyards convey all the potential for nobility and harmony in red wine grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemakers Anselmo Mendes and Diogo Lopes share the same passion and make the perfect team. Where pleasure and dedication put in the time to give birth to the Adega Mãe wines.
Diogo Lopes (Winemaker)
Born in Lisbon in 1978, it is Diogo’s family heritage in the Beira region that led him to establish strong ties with agriculture. Graduating in Agronomy, (the science and study of soil management and crop production) from the Higher Institute of Agronomy at the University of Lisbon in 2004. His education included multiple harvest internships in some of Portugal’s top wine regions like Vinhos Verdes, Douro and Alentejo, as well as taking him abroad to Napa Valley, in California.
In 2005 Diogo started off his professional career alongside Anselmo Mendes in the Alentejo region. After obtaining a post-graduate degree in Oenology from the Higher School of Biotechnology at the Catholic University in Porto, he along with his mentor Anselmo Mendes, took over winemaking at AdegaMãe.
Anselmo Mendes (Consultant)
Born in Monção in 1962. Anselmo grew up amongst the vineyards and wines. In 1987 he completed his degree in Agro-Industrial Engineering at the Higher Institute of Agronomy at the University of Lisbon.
He started his career as a professional winemaker in 1988 in the Vinho Verde region. Between 1981 and 1993 he took a post-graduate degree in Oenology at the Higher School of Biotechnology at the Catholic University in Porto. He was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Revista dos Vinhos in 1997 and he’s among the best Portuguese winemakers according to Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide. In 2010 he took over the AdegaMãe project as an oenology consultant.
Bernardo Alves Bernardo Alves (34 years old) is an administrator at the SERRALVES Group and the general manager at Adega Mãe. Born in Torres Vedras in 1982, it was his name, along with his brother’s (Ricardo), which led their parents to choose SERRALVES as the name for the company they founded in 1985. Nowadays, SERRALVES is a reference in the food industry and the leader in the codfish industry. A graduate in civil engineering, Bernardo Alves joined the SERRALVES Group in 2004, devoting himself to new trades such as coffee and real estate. Passionate about wines, he travelled worldwide to visit some of the most renowned wine regions in preparation for the coming AdegaMãe project: a SERRALVES Group winery that was launched in 2010 in the Lisboa Wine Region with the purpose of becoming a reference within the winemaking and wine tourism industries.