Things to do in Arruda dos Vinhos

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Things to Do in Arruda dos Vinhos

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  • wearyLondon
    Kingston upon Thames, UK1,771 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The first of four wineries we visited, a short drive from Lisbon,the web site did not say much, google maps showed a run down looking industrial wine production unit, nothing like you would find in the Medoc region or anywhere in Bordeaux for that matter. With much misgiving, we made the journey by car.

    The previous day I called and spoke to Rodrigo and confirmed that we would be coming, we were late but no issues, we were the only visitors!.

    Its located on the main road, when you get to Arruda dos Vinhos, drive through, the road then turns left up hill, at this point go straight on and carry on until you come to three desolate looking buildings on the left.

    Rodrigo then talked us through their production process, we are talking many million liters of wine but small when compared to the likes of De Fonseca and Bacalhoa which we also visited.

    The cooperative consist of some 200 hundred members who supply the grape, so the success or failures on the part of the vine making process determines the success or failure of each of the 200 vineyards. Interesting large concrete vessels and stainless steel cylinders that had electrically driven 360 degree stirrers, not something you would encounter in Bordeaux. I guess the cooperative with the backing of 200 members, it is possible to invest in this type of technology but no optical quality checking of the grapes, no hand picking either. We were taken to the very large middle building and was surprised to learn that it held many below ground storage tanks holding ten's of thousands of liters of wine.
    We tasted the reds and was astonished to learn the price, incredible value and very good vine it was. Sadly we could only buy two bottles which was all we could bring back with us to the UK.
    I believe there are three other similar cooperatives in the region, as with this coop, I think they all deserve a visit. There is no charge and even though it was just the two of us, Rodrigo went to a lot of trouble to explain all, I think we were there for an hour and half or more, many thanks. Rodrio did say that they had a booking for 50 visitors on the Sunday, so those in the know do take the trouble to visit and support the coop.
    The web site needs updating as do their premises and with a bit more investment in marketing their product, the coop should achieve a well deserved greater prominence in the world of Portuguese wine.
    A good few photos to upload but the option to do this is not available
    Written 16 April 2015
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  • winter_wardhani
    Lisboa, Portugal1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly and kind people. The products in the store are of utmost quality. You can sit outside and enjoy a good conversation with the owners and friends.
    Written 3 August 2016
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  • MichaelDuke
    Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most obliging company which supplied us with a quite new car (April 2018) with just 5K on the clock. It was clean and performed very well on all the road types in Portugal from the extremely fast tollways to the narrow medieval streets of hill villages. Luis and Ana and “Daniel” (Duarte) were all very kind and helped us out when we needed an expert driver both in Sintra and central Lisbon.
    Written 30 July 2018
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