QSS WINES HIGHLIGHTED IN THE 9TH EDITION PORTUGAL WINES IN BRAZIL
The 9th edition Portugal Wines in Brazil, held in S. Paulo, was a great success in this important exhibition of Portuguese wine in Brazil, the 14th importer of wine in the world, with Portugal being its second supplier.
QSS wines were in the spotlight, alongside the biggest national brands.
Exports to Brazil represent around 8% of Portuguese wine exports and QSS wines are their second market.
The event is organized by the newspapers Público, from Portugal, and Globo and Valor Económico, from Brazil, in partnership with ViniPortugal.
DONA ANINHAS: A SUCCESSFUL ROSÉ
With only two years of life, the rosé wine Dona Aninhas (QSS) is a success story, already recognized by the international and national markets.
The name of this excellent wine is a tribute to the mother of the owner of Quinta de São Sebastião, António Parente.
Its excellent quality, combined with a unique flavor, the result of a combination of several varieties produced in the cooler areas, was awarded in the year of its entry into the market, in 2020, with the Grande Prêmio Escolha da Imprensa, from Grandes Escolhas magazine. .
At the same time, it enters the international market and is already exported to Switzerland, Brazil and the Netherlands.
With the arrival of the heat, Dona Aninhas is an indispensable company for a late afternoon by the sea, or for an aperitif before dinner.
A choice that musician Rui Veloso and actress Sofia Grilo did not want to miss.
QSS WINES WON GOLD, AGAIN, IN FRANCE
The prestigious Challenge International du Vin 2022, held in Bordeaux between 8 and 9 April, the oldest wine competition held in France, and one of the most important in the world, awarded three gold medals to QSS wines.
São Sebastião Touriga Nacional 2019, Fonte das Setas red 2021 and Encosta do Forte Special Selection red 2020 were awarded with a gold medal.
In a year that promises to be very good from a commercial point of view, the international recognition of the quality of QSS wines is an excellent contribution to the achievement of the defined objectives.
QSS WINES WON FIVE GOLD MEDALS IN GERMANY
QSS wines continue to win prizes in all major international competitions in which they participate.
This time it was in Germany, at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2022, held between February 26 and March 6.
The São Sebastião Reserva Red 2020, São Sebastião Touriga Nacional Red 2020, Arreio Red 2020, QSS 1755 Reserva Red 2020 and QSS RARE Red 2021 received gold medals.
The Berliner Wine Trophy has been held twice a year since 2004 and is already the most influential wine competition in Germany and one of the biggest international awards worldwide.
400 international tasters were present, in a competition where wines from more than 40 countries participated.
QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO:
A NEW CYCLE THAT BEGINS
When we now look at the vineyard geometrically aligned, with thousands of naked plants, in a well-deserved rest, the green vine of a few months ago comes to mind, from the hustle and bustle of the harvest, the sudden change in color of the vine, from green to a purplish brown, a sign of duty accomplished.
The cycle repeats itself, year after year.
After the vegetative rest, it is time for pruning.
On the Quinta de São Sebastião, work has already begun.
To observe a vineyard throughout the year, with its transformations, is to observe Life.
When autumn gives way to winter, and when winter is halfway through, it’s time to prune the vines, an essential task to ensure a good grape harvest.
This will be followed, in early spring, by the “crying”, the loss of sap in the pruned cut areas.
From here the plant begins to gain more and more life, first, small green leaves, then the flower buds and bunches.
And there, at the end of summer, we will have another harvest at Quinta de São Sebastião, the result of a lot of work and dedication.
At the heart of this task is, of course, wine, “the only work of art you can drink”, as Louis Stevenson wrote.
Baudelaire, cursed poet, assured that “wine is similar to man: one never knows how much we can esteem it or despise it, love it or hate it, nor how many sublime actions or monstrous crimes it is capable of”. . Let us not then be crueler to him than to ourselves, we must treat him as our equal.”
QSS AND VAL MOREIRA WINES AWARDED IN GERMANY
QSS São Sebastião Syrah 2020 was awarded Gold and Best Show Lisboa at the Grand International Wine Award, within the scope of Mundus Vini 2022, held in Germany, in the city of .
Likewise, the Val Moreira Reserva Red wine was awarded the Grand Gold and Best Show Douro.
This is yet another acknowledgment of the great quality of QSS and Val Moreira wines, awarded among six thousand wines tasted.
The Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Award is considered in Germany to be a prestigious international competition for wines from all wine regions in the world.
The purpose of the contest is to promote wine quality and boost sales of wines and sparkling wines.
An international jury gives an independent, neutral and expert verdict on the wines, thus ensuring that the competition is fair and professional, which gives a high level of recognition to the medals awarded at Mundus Vini to the awarded wines and their producers.
FRENCH WINEMAKERS GIVE GOLD TO QSS WINES
Vinalies Internationales, which has been held for over 25 years and brings together the most prestigious winemakers, is one of the most important competitions in France, aimed at promoting the know-how of French and foreign producers.
Each technical proof is attested by the comment of a specific and precise winemaker for each award-winning wine.
This prestigious international oenologist competition is organized under the high patronage of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). The OIV appoints an expert commissioner who attends the tests of the various juries and is responsible for verifying compliance with the rules established by the norm that governs the organization of international competitions.
QSS RARE – A WINE OF CAUSES
One of the most recent Quinta de São Sebastião (QSS) wines, Rare, joined the cause of the fight against species extinction, drawing consumer attention to this worldwide problem through its labels.
On each label, the consumer can access via mobile phone and know in detail the identified species and all the efforts being made to protect it.
The four species featured on the Rare labels are the Iberian lynx, tiger, sardines and the long-snouted seahorse.
Help Save the Animals is the watchword that can be read on all the labels.
Rare red, a rare blend of three different grape varieties – Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah – also has the special characteristic of being a vegan wine, at the same time it is associated with the cause of the Iberian lynx and, in this way, has helped to its conservation and the evolution of that community.
A noble cause for a wine present in several international markets, such as the United States, Russia, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand, among others, and internationally awarded by the most prestigious critics, such as the Wine Enthusiast or the Berliner Wine Trophy
QSS WINES WON GOLD IN RUSSIA
QSS wines won four gold and two silver medals at PRODEXPO, held in Moscow, Russia, between the 7th and 11th of February.
The wines awarded with gold were Forte do Cego red 2020, São Sebastião red 2019, Rare red 2020 and Arreio red 2019.
Quinta de São Sebastião was one of 14 Portuguese wine companies present in what is the largest food products show in Russia and Western Europe, with 2660 participants from 73 countries this year, having received around 70 thousand visitors from 115 countries.
The wine sector had the presence of the largest producing countries in the world, such as France, Italy and Spain, alongside Portugal – which, despite being the smallest, is among the 10 largest producers in the world -, in addition to several countries in Eastern Europe.
The Portuguese producers present at PROEXPO, with many award-winning wines, dignified the Portuguese industry and, at the same time, the name of Portugal.
AP HOTELS GROUP PREPARES A NEW SEASON WITH DETERMINATION
At the beginning of a new tourist season and on the eve of the opening of the hotels of the AP group, the directors and head chefs of all the Group’s hotels met at Quinta de São Sebastião.
The meeting, together with an excellent lunch at Adega Velha, began with a visit to the Quinta and a wine tasting at the Picadeiro.
The objective of the season that is now beginning was announced by António Parente: hotels must be the best hosts of QSS wines and directors will be their ambassadors.
The QSS winemaker, Filipe Sevinate Pinto, provided those present with the main ideas for presenting the wines to customers, pointing to the simplicity of the message, which is intended above all to be appealing in the tasting proposals.
The commitment and determination of the hotel professionals of Grupo AP are the guarantee of a successful season, which contributes to the rapid recovery of two very difficult years.
The excellent QSS wines will certainly be an important contribution to this success.
JAPAN AND RUSSIA ON THE QSS WINE ROUTE
At the end of a very good year of sales, QSS wines entered the market in Japan, considered the most developed and mature in Asia.
In december 2021, the first order for Forte do Cego 2019, white and red, was chosen by one of the largest Japanese importers, which opens up excellent prospects for the future.
After China, Taiwan and the Philippines, Japan now opens its doors to QSS wines.
At the beginning of this year, another important market will receive our wines: Russia.
Thus, this important market will discover and enjoy the white, red and rosé Forte do Cego, the red Janela Branca and the red S. Sebastião.
Another important step in the internationalization of QSS wines, already present on five continents.
QSS WINES WIN GOLD IN PORTUGAL WINE TROPHY 2021
QSS WINES ARE PRESENT AT THE VINEYARD AND WINE FESTIVAL
QSS wines were present at the traditional Festival of Vineyard and Wine from Arruda dos Vinhos, which this year held its 24th edition, signaling the strong connection to its region of origin, which has made it known and dignified throughout the world.
Arruda dos Vinhos – the lands of Enchanted Valley (Vale Encantado)-, with stories of medieval witches and knights, one of the poles of resistance to the French invasions of the early 19th century, is today a pleasant place to live, 30 kilometers from the capital, Lisbon, maintaining traces of rurality, but simultaneously possessing all the modern equipment.
About 13,500 people live in Arruda dos Vinhos, enjoying the tranquility of the countryside, but with access to everything that any large city can provide.
The origin of the name Arruda can either be due to the abundant existence of the shrub with the same name, as it derives from herta, the Latinization of the term rota, or even from the Arabic word al-rawda, which means garden or field.
The researchers divide between the first two hypotheses, although the geographic location, constituting an ancestral crossing point of the Caminhos de Santiago, as well as the wine produced in Torres Vedras, which was sent to Lisbon for export by sea, point to the thesis rutta – route. Thus, archeologists Guilherme Cardoso and José D’ Encarnação very likely conclude that the origin of the Arruda place-name derives from a route. “Arruda dos Vinhos was “the wine route”! They were produced there, it is true, but it was mainly there that they passed”.
Wine, which appears in the name of the village, is the main production in the region, in a tradition prior to the 12th century, when the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, granted the charter to the Order of Santiago. At that time, it was from this region that the wines that supplied a large part of the country came from.
The winemaking tradition is, therefore, the great mark of this demarcated region since 1993, being this county the tenth in the country with the most planted vineyard area, in percentage terms, where Quinta de São Sebastião stands out as the main producer.
Dating back to the 18th century, Quinta de São Sebastião has always been linked to the planting of vines, although the independent production of wine only started in 2006. However, in this short period of time, the wines from Quinta de São Sebastião quickly gained great national and international prestige, and are now present in markets on five continents, where their quality has been recognized by the numerous other medals won in the most important competitions worldwide.
QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO SUPPORTS CASA DO ARTISTA
Quinta de São Sebastião formalized this Tuesday, the 16th of November, its solidarity support to the Casa do Artista, with the signing of the protocol that foresees the delivery of 15% of the proceeds from the sale of the wine boxes of the Aos Amigos edition.
The protocol was signed by António Parente, owner of Quinta de São Sebastião, and José Raposo, Sofia Grillo and Luís Aleluia, from the direction of Casa do Artista.
The close relationship between Quinta de São Sebastião and Casa do Artista justifies this solidary support through this initiative that pays homage, at the same time, to six great artists who have already disappeared physically, but who remain in the memory of the Portuguese.
The Aos Amigos edition consists of 1,000 boxes of six bottles of wine, each with a label dedicated to an artist that Quinta de São Sebastião wanted to honor: António Cordeiro, António Feio, Armando Cortez, Carlos Zel, Pedro Lima and Raul Solnado .
QSS WINES WON 60 GOLD MEDALS IN 2021
QSS wines continue to win gold medals in competitions on different continents.
The QSS 1755 Reserva red 2019 wine won a gold medal in the AWC Vienna – International Wine Challenge 2021 competition. This wine competition, officially recognized by the European Union, is one of the most prestigious in the world.
Almost simultaneously, São Sebastião red 2019 and QSS Reserva red 2019 wines received the gold medal in the Asia Wine Trophy 2021 competition.
The excellence of QSS wines has been recognized internationally, which justifies its growing international expansion, having already received six dozen gold medals in international competitions this year.
GIÃO GROUP VISITS QUINTA DE S. SEBASTIÃO
Gião Group, one of the most dynamic restaurant companies in the Algarve, based in Faro, visited Quinta de S. Sebastião this monday, in a meeting that consolidated the excellent partnership between the two companies, with the desire to strengthen it.
Founded in 2004, this family business, run by the Gião couple’s two children, Miguel and Ricardo, owns the Columbus and Lodo restaurants and manages three magnificent spaces at the Eva Hotel: Adão, Senses and Rooftop.
Around two dozen employees of the Gião Group participated in this visit, in a demonstration of the company’s vitality and youth.
The Multiwines/ QSS partnership with Gião Group is now a reality, having also become a good friendship. The group’s visit was another step in this direction.
QSS : HOMAGE TO FRIENDS
Quinta de S. Sebastião presents an unprecedented and fair tribute to six great artists who have already disappeared, symbolizing in them the tribute to Friendship.
Aos Amigos is the theme of the collection of six great QSS wines, in an extremely elegant box, which is intended, in addition to paying homage to the six artists – Raul Solnado, Armando Cortez, Carlos Zel, António Feio, António Cordeiro and Pedro Lima – , to jointly support the Casa do Artista, to which a percentage of the sale is destined.
The collection is an excellent suggestion for a Christmas gift, but its meaning and also its solidarity objective make it an offer for any season.
Let’s toast to friends!
RARE WINS GOLD IN USA
The QSS Rare Red Blend won the gold medal and was recognized as one of the top 14 wines at the San Antonio Stock & Rodeo Show in Texas.
The North American market thus acclaims Rare, whose quality had already been recognized by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast magazine, which awarded it 89 points.
Rare was the only Portuguese wine awarded, pairing with products from important international companies.
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QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO RESERVA
/ ELECTED THE BEST RED WINE IN THE 2020 VINALIES, IN PARIS, AMONG MORE THAN 3,000 WINES FROM 45 COUNTRIES
Quinta de S. Sebastião Reserva 2015 was awarded Best Red Wine in the 2020 Vinalies, scoring 95 Points. This competition, which took place in Paris between 28 February and 3 March, had more than 3,000 wines from more than 45 countries competing.
“Quinta de S. Sebastião has been producing and contributing decisively to the quality of wines from Arruda since 1755, and now, more than ever, we feel the responsibility to continue to be acknowledged and differentiated for our wines’ excellence”, says António Parente, owner of the Estate.
For his part, Filipe Sevinate Pinto, winemaker and consultant for this wine project, stresses that “Classic is always in fashion. A millenary region in wine production, a century-old Estate and unique natural conditions, where the slopes and proximity to the sea define a classic profile of great balance, elegance and freshness”. And he adds: “It is an honor to be part of this project, and Arruda dos Vinhos wins in the world scene for the way it has maintained winemaking in the region and for the opportunities it will have in the future”.
Quinta de S. Sebastião Reserva Tinto (red) is a blend of Merlot, Touriga Nacional and Syrah grape varieties, from mostly sloping vineyards, on clay-limestone soils, in Arruda dos Vinhos, which has a Mediterranean climate with a strong Atlantic influence.
This Lisbon Regional Wine is deep garnet colored, with aromatic notes of ripe fruit, orange blossom and some spices that pair well with the toasted notes obtained during the 12-year aging in French oak barrels. The palate is intense and elegant, with tannins ensuring a favorable evolution in the coming years. It pairs well with red meat, smoked sausages, roasted pork loin with chestnuts and Portuguese Stew (Cozido à Portuguesa).
Besides this score by the Quinta de S. Sebastião Reserva Tinto (red) in 2015, and also in the 2020 Vinalies Competition, the Quinta de S. Sebastião Touriga Nacional (86 points) and Mina Velha Tinto – red (87 points) were awarded a Gold diploma, in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Q.S.S. RARE TINTO (RED), AWARDED 89 POINTS IN WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE
/ PRESERVATION AS INSPIRATION HELP SAVE THE ANIMALS
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