Sogrape distributes azorean wines A Cerca dos Frades
Sogrape Distribuição has just integrated the Azores region into its portfolio with the arrival of A Cerca dos Frades. This new representation is another step in the premiumisation of the company's offer, in this case, with the high-quality white wines from the island of Pico.
Started by the company's founder, Tito Silva, in the heart of the Lajido de Santa Luzia vineyard landscape on the island of Pico, A Cerca dos Frades is the result of a close relationship with a plot of land that belonged to his grandfather, where a small family used to harvest the grapes when he was a child.
The requalification of the vineyards began in 2015 when 3 hectares were planted with the Terrantez do Pico, Arinto dos Açores and Verdelho grapes. By 2018, there were 15 hectares, and the first wine, A Cerca dos Frades Blend, was launched. The first single-grape, A Cerca dos Frades Terrantez do Pico, was launched the following year. The second single grape, A Cerca dos Frades Verdelho appeared the following year. Following the 2021 harvest, the first A Cerca dos Frades Arinto from the Azores single-grape will also be launched.
Cerca dos Frades’ 20 hectares or so of native Azorean grape varieties offer distinctive wines that Sogrape Distribuição will now distribute.
"We always aim to add value and diversity to our offer through quality brands. The entry of A Cerca dos Frades allows us to integrate a new region into our portfolio, supporting a producer who brings Sogrape the distinctive attributes of Azorean wine with its unique freshness and acidity", Gonçalo Sousa Machado, CEO of Sogrape Distribuição, noted.
"We deeply believe in the legacy of our ancestors, who heroically managed to make wine from stone, which was once the wealth of this land. Our purpose has always been to value our grape varieties, our land and our traditions, creating excellent wines that, through this partnership with Sogrape, a reference in the wine sector, will now reach more consumers, allowing Cerca dos Frades to expand its presence in Portugal", Tito Silva, producer of A Cerca dos Frades, said. The A Cerca dos Frades wines will be available from 20 July in Sogrape Distribuição's portfolio.