Pessoa Wines was born in 2009 as a joint venture between the winemaker Jorge Gonçalves and the South African winery MAN Family Wines.
The creation of the project comes from the passion for Portugal. The knowledge and first experience come from Germany where Jorge was born, grew up and developed as a winemaker.
But since he was a boy he already felt the strong connection with the Portuguese lands and a passion for the country where his parents were born. So Portugal is the cradle of your soul and producing wines here is more than a job: it is the fulfillment of a dream.
A Team is Born
A Team is Born
With the entry of Lívia Novais it became a dream for two. Sommelière with strong ties to gastronomy, Lívia came from Brazil to Portugal to work on a renowned producer in Alentejo. But in 2015 she helped create the new Pessoa Wines team together with her husband Jorge.
He makes the wines, organizes all the production and logistics. She creates marketing concepts and leads the media in this innovative company.
The Pessoa Wines labels are small pieces of art that are developed by Lívia with the important collaboration of Wendel Reis, our illustrator.
The project also has Tyrrel Fairhead. The passion for Portugal and the business curiosity brought Tyrrel to the enterprise. So an important consultant and Business Angel came to the team. He has supported Lívia and Jorge in the development of Pessoa Wines.
What We do
What We do
This group of people makes wines that show their origins. Thus the project shows the diversity and complexity that Portugal has to offer. Thus Portuguese Terroirs have been discovered. This has been a great adventure and an immense pleasure. They realize what this land has brought them and what it has to say.
Pessoa Wines aims to create quality wines taking advantage of what is best: Our Land.
How we created our project
The first step: Douro
The First Step towards a Portuguese production was taken in the Douro.
A Region that Jorge has always admired a lot and where he had already worked as a winemaker on a small farm in Cima Corgo. It was in this landscape that the love for one of the most noble red grape varieties in Portugal began: Touriga Nacional.
Our first wine was born in 2009. The monovarietal Touriga Nacional Reserva. In 2015 our second Douro wine was created, a classic blend of Douro grape varieties - Red Blend was born.
The Second Step: Minho
In 2013, in a Second Step, a region that was selected for its fantastic microclimates and exceptional varieties: Minho.
In this beautiful region, Jorge found conditions similar to Germany, making it possible to make wine styles that resemble the fresh styles of German white wines.
In Monção the great relationship began with one of the most noble white grape varieties in the country: Alvarinho. Main variety of our White Blend that exists since 2013. He is the main actor in the Ricardo Reis monovarietal of the Heteronyms range, which was launched in 2014.
In Ponte de Lima - already with the help of Lívia - another noble variety joined the family of wines Pessoa: Loureiro. This grape variety gave life to our Summer Wine, which was born in 2017.
In 2019, we launched our first Rosé made from Padeiro and Espadeiro grapes in the Amarante region. With a light pink and vibrant aromas it is a tribute to the great Rosés of the South of France.
Finally at Home
When Jorge started dreaming of producing Wines of Portugal, he always had the desire to make wine in Beira Baixa. This was not only because it was the region of his family, but also because he believed in the great wine potential of these continental lands.
Finally in 2018 the adventure began in Beira Baixa. So, close to Castelo Branco, where Lívia and Jorge live, they started to produce great wines with character and personality. They are wines from a garage production and handcrafted style.
Wines of Portugal
As wine producers we work on the principle of a mobile wine cellar.
As described above, we produce in different regions and sub-regions of the country. Each place is expressed differently by our hands.
So we will pass on our message about Portugal to the World.
Knowing that Portugal still has a lot to show us, stay tuned for new developments! Keep following us on our website and on our social platforms …