After starting out in 1954 as a small cooperative with just 100 members, the Portuguese Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede has grown into one of the largest wine producers in Bairrada. Its steady growth since founding has allowed the company to diversify its portfolio while expanding its reach at the same time. Offering a fine range of white, red, and sparkling wines, this is one winery in to keep an eye out for.

History

In 1954, one hundred farmers came together to found the Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede. They had seen the potential that the Cantanhede area had to produce great quality wines and so banded together to make that vision a reality.

From those original 100 members, the cooperative has grown to include around 700 active growers. These farmers produce about 7 million kilograms of grapes annually, which amount to about 40% of the production in the region. The Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede is the only remaining wine cooperative in the Bairrada DOC; the other four have disappeared.

Product Range

This growing cooperative currently has two main lines of wine on the market. The first line is the Montarro range, which includes two frisante wines. These are slightly sparkling wines, available in both white and rosé expressions.

The second line is the Marquês de Marialva range of wines. This is a larger collection that included both sparkling and still products. The Marquês de Marialva Colheita is released in white and red varieties. The Marquês de Marialva Espumantes are sparkling wines that are available in sweet, brut, semi-sec, and rosé varieties. Finally, the Marquês de Marialva Reservas are made using a single variety of grape. Marquês de Marialva Arinto Reserva Blanco uses only the local Arinto grape, which makes up 30 per cent of the production for the region, while the Marquês de Marialva Baga Reserva Tinto is made using the Baga grape, which is 40 per cent of the production in the Cantanhede area.

Other Relevant Information

To improve the quality of the wines produced, the Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede has been investing a lot in their equipment. This includes a new cooling system and a pneumatic press to ensure that the best expressions of the grapes are achieved.

From 2010 to 2019, the number of exports increased from 10% to 35% of the company’s total production.

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