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Interview of Mr. Raul Silva – Sales Manager – ManzWine for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive
Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?
The whole story started by accident really.. André Manz is a Businessman that bought a terrain in an ancient Portuguese village to build a training centre for his fitness business. His wife Margarida just fell in love for the small village and so instead of building a training centre they decided to build there home and move there with their 2 small children. After that André started to discover the ancient history and how famous that wine from that village was in the beginning of the last century.. until one day this old lady sold him a vineyard that used to belong to her father… « it’s just laying there she said… it’s abandoned… » as a wine lover, André saw it as just a hobby. He intended to make wine for himself and for his friends, but he wanted something good ! so he went to the vineyard with 2 oenologists and the discovered in the old vineyard 200 vines of an ancient Portuguese grape that was thought to be extinct over 50 years..
Then they decided to take a chance and try to make a wine of that grape (Jampal) and everyone fell in love with it ! It got to the point where it was considered one of Portuguese 50 Best Wines (amongst Red, White, Rose, Sparkling, Madeira, Moscatel, Late Harvests,….). the hobby soon turned into a business because everyone wanted to taste « Doan Fátima » that is still to this day the only Wine in the World made of Jampal.
What sort of wines are you producing ?
We produce high end Premium Wines. The project grew with the same philosophy as it started « We don’t want to make a lot of wine, what we want is good wine ! ». We grew and are now producing Premium Wines in 3 Portuguese Regions : in Lisboa we Produce a 1 Sparkling, 1 Rose, 5 Red Wines and our White Wine (the only one in the World made 100% with the grape Jampal). In Setubal we make 2 Red Wines and in Douro we also produce 2 Red Wines.
How important are your export distribution compared to national distribution ?
70% of our production is exported to high end markets and demanding consumers that want exquisite and boutique wines. We currently sell to 16 countries.
What sort of distributors are your customers ?
We focus on distributors that work with boutique wineries, that present a great value for a fair price. We don’t inflate the prices because we think that even the best things should be affordable and fair
Why your wines are different from other wineries in your area ?
Our wines are different because we try to maintain the most of the original characteristics of the wines, being true to the quality and purity as well as the reaching for a standard above the normal
Do you produce grapes in a organic or environmental friendly method, or with general methods ?
We try to keep the minimum use of non organic materials, but we are not fundamentalist.
Are your wines already distributed in Asia, and if not what are the countries you are looking for new distributors ?
Our Wines are being distributed in China and in Japan. We are looking for partners in every other countries
Is there anything who want to add about your wines, story or any news ?
Just that it is a project that over the last few years has gained a lot of recognition from the whole world.. amongst our wines we count several Gold Medals, Wine Enthusiast Medals of « Best Buy » « 92Pts » « 91Pts » « 90Pts », 2 Wines aknowleged as amongst the TOP 50 Portugues Wines… its just a great concept and a great wine at a fair price.
Thank you Mr. Raul Silva – Sales Manager – ManzWine for your time and answers!
Purity and quality it’s what defines them!