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Wine grower and wine maker at Quinta da Boavista in the center north Portuguese Dão region.
Our brands are Terras de Tavares and Torre de Tavares for the wines produced with Boavista’s grapes (Jaen ant PortugueseTouriga), and KHAOS for the full blends of the old vineyards.

Our Terras de Tavares and Torre de Tavares wines, are really natural, organic, with any use of fertilizers or even organic matter, the soil is normally with grass; at Quinta da Boavista, our 7ha, just produce 15.000/17.000 bottles; more or less 2 ton/ha, that’s why they really are very concentrated, fine, elegant with a great “terroir” character and a great earth character.
Each year, is a different harvest, and this difference it’s much more accentuated in cool climates, something that is also very interesting for me. We never repeat a wine. They have there own character, but always with a straight line between harvests.
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Most memorable experience around wine?
Wine tasting with 50’s year old Dão Wines


Harvest at Portuguese DÃO region, and also at Quinta da Boavista is finished.
09 is a fantastic year with incredible freshness, something only possible to find in temperate regions. The wines are very concentrated (1,5 Ton / ha), very pure, with nice violet colors.
These year I harvest for the first time a sixty years full blend vineyard and 4000 bottles will be produced and commercialized two years later.

I understand the pedagogical rule of mono-varietals wine, but nothing better than a real blend, and much better, if it is a coo-fermented of a very Old Portuguese full blend vineyard. That’s what gives a real wine; concentrated, full of complexity, full bodied, in the opposite of the mono varietals wines, almost those produced with the most one-dimensional grapes varieties, very defined, very recognizable, the opposite of what a great wine is.
What about Jaen? Did you hear something about? And about the ways of Santiago’
And about Mencia? May be, Jaen/Mencia is the most complex grape variety of the old world, and also the grape variety after Pinot, that gives more Terroir character to the wines, but also very unknown because of there specific geographical implantation; Galicia and north of Portugal (Dão).

Undisputedly, Dao’s star grape is Touriga Nacional. Recent DNA research confirms that Touriga originated in Dao, and didn’t move to Douro until the 19th century. Because of this, Touriga has its widest range of clonal diversity and varietal character in Dao. Ripening under cooler conditions, it takes on broader florals (violets, balsamic, bergamont and orange blossom are common descriptives), a finer structure and retains more natural acidity than elsewhere in Portugal. The fact that it consistently ripens at 12-13% alcohol testifies to its natural fit with Dao soils and weather.

Jaen another interloper, Jaen (pronounced Shy-an or Hay-en), is none other than northwest Spain’s Mencia grape which grows along the pilgrim’s trail to Santiago de Campostela. In hotter parts of Dao, Jaen is the first to ripen and lower in acidity. Traditionally it provided alcohol and enhanced floral aromas, while softening tarter grapes in blends. Jaen ripens too fast in southern Dao, so no color or structure, it was not respected primarily because it had been put in the wrong places and not treated as a prime grape.

In Northern Dao’s cooler conditions, Jaen harvests two weeks later, producing darker color, firmer tannins and more pronounced florals. It works as a standalone there. Joao Tavares de Pina of Terras de Tavares and Torre de Tavares wants his Jaen to “have concentration without density” believing it needs ‘freshness, not high acidity.” The extended ripening time around Penalva delivers ripe tannins without losing delicate aromas, all at low alcohol levels. His young Jaen was highly floral, full of violet, cinnamon, black cherry and plum fruits with fleshy textures, bright acidity and finely powered tannins. I tasted other compelling Jaen at Lagar de Darei, and Quinta de Lemos, a smart rose at Quinta das Marias, and an intriguingly complex, velvety 1997 at Quinta das Maias.

By Paul White, Decanter

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At 2:14pm on October 24, 2011, Teresa Speer said…
Your photos are wonderful. I am a consumer not a producer of wines, but your blogs are very interesting, easy to follow as they are well presented. I cannot wait to read more. Thanks for sharing. Teresa
At 8:47am on July 13, 2011, BestWineRoutes said…

Hi João,


Thanks for the invitation. We haven't got any Portugese wineries yet at, so it would be nice to start with it.




Martijn from The Netherlands

At 6:45pm on June 30, 2010, Jennifer Duaine said…
Sounds fabulous Galen, and I absolutely will do! Thank you for such an inviting description, where it is easy to see why you are so successful, who could resist?!
Thanks again, will let you know when I have the opportunity to consume such nectar, and my experience all the same.


At 5:48pm on December 17, 2009, Kim Kellogg said…
Thank you for the welcome, Joao. All of the information you shared about your product is greatly appreciated and your photo section is most impressive! Thank you. ~Kim
At 8:19am on December 7, 2009, Melissa Chamberlin, Ph.D. said…
Dear Joao,

Tasting more Portugese Doas would be a great experience for me. I would be happy to taste your wines. Do you distribute your wines or have a distributor in New York City? If not, where can I find them. I am rewriting the draft of my wine book and would like to add more wines to the section of Portugese wines.

Since I am unable to finish a botttle of wine, would you please suggest a dinner recipe for the rest of the bottles? Perhaps, something like beef stew or lamb stew with colorful vegetables? A dish you like to eat would be ideal. What local cheeses do you like to eat with your wines?

Allt he best,
At 9:26am on November 10, 2009, Phil Orem said…
Hi Joao,

Thanks for the welcome. My wife and I spent a week in Portugal in 2004 and we had a fantastic time. Between the Algarve the Douro region and Lisbon the country is so diverse and has so much to offer. I continue to enjoy all of the wines although I have yet to experience an old Dao I have a few from Quinta de la Rosa bottling in the cellar that I will look forward to drinking in a few years. Should we plan another vacation to Portugal in the future we will look up your estate. Also. Is your brand currently represented in California, if so by whom?

At 4:48am on November 9, 2009, Richard Pyle said…
Hi, João, thanks for the info. At present I want to concentrate on wines from the Pyrenees area but when I start to expand I will be in touch. Do you have any input on this CAE thing?

Regards, Dick
At 12:57am on November 9, 2009, Peter Wong said…
Hi....I am Mr .Lee and I am from HongKong.
I would like to ask if you are trading with Matthew Lun???
If yes, please tell me how to find him.
I have some receipts that he had taken my wine but without any payment.
Those receipts can prove he owe me HKD80,000.
I just also warned you to becarful this guy.
He is a trickster and cheater.
At 4:14pm on November 7, 2009, Lynne Anne Compton-Healy said…
I hurt my is on the mend. My address is !803 Lake Villa Drive, Tavares, FL 32778. I have a couple wine bars here, NC and CA that want to have a tasting for your wine. I also have an importer/distributor I am working on for you...we will have to see. Have a good weekend! Thank you!
At 3:39pm on November 7, 2009, William Van Asperen said…
Aloha Joao,

Met Miguel once at a National Sales Meeting in Texas last summer. I was suprised to find out that he is a surfer like myself? I guess you have some pretty good surf in Portugal. In fact I think they just held "The Quest Surf Contest" their last month with all the pros.

I represent the Broadbent Selections here in Hawaii, so have quite a few Ports, and Madeiras that I represent as well.


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