Wineries and Producers

Colares

The Demarcated Region of Colares, created in 1908, small in area when compared to other wine-making regions in the country, achieved relevance at the turn of 20th century due to the high percentage of ramisco vines that were cultivated and occupied a large part of the surface area.     

The Adega Regional de Colares (Colares Regional Cellar) was established in 1931, with the objective of ensuring the quality and origin of the region’s wine products.

Initially founded by 81 members, in the following years it registered a considerable increase in the number of associates and is the oldest cooperative winery in the country.   

In 1934, by decree-law n. º 24 500, of September 19th – considered by many as the true Charter  of Colares wine  – the Adega Regional de Colares was granted the exclusive  right to manufacture Colares wine, at the same time as an aging period of a minimum of two years was set so as to guarantee the quality of this wine product.    

In the following decades, the high cost of labour, the difficult planting in the sandy soil, the crisis in wine production, the increase of pine forests in detriment of vineyards and the advance of urban areas have, among others factors, contributed towards the decrease in the production of ramisco.     

Today, besides the Adega Regional de Colares, there are other wineries and individual producers of the Colares wine.

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Casal de Santa Maria

The history of this Quinta goes back to the beginning of the 18th century. The main house was built in 1720 and, surprisingly, managed to survive the 1755 earthquake due to the granitic structure of the Sintra Mountain.

Ramilo Wines

2013. This was the year brothers Pedro and Nuno Ramilo were challenged by their father to embrace a family tradition of 4 generations.

Colares Demarcated Region

Located between Sintra mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Colares region encloses the parishes of Colares, S. João das Lampas and S. Martinho, in Sintra district.