In the 19th century, Ponciano de Abreu's parents started producing Alvarinho wine on their properties located on the slopes of Paderne, in Melgaço, in the northwest of Portugal. In addition to own consumption, the wine served to pay favors to doctors and lawyers and even the pharmacy bills. The exceptional conditions of the soil, climate and sun exposure, had repercussions on the quality of the wine, which started to gain fame in the region.
In the first quarter of the 20th century, Ponciano de Abreu decided to relaunch the culture of his vineyards, having been one of the pioneers in the production of Alvarinho, already framed by the legislation of the newly created Demarcated Region of Vinhos Verdes. Already at the beginning of the 21st century, Rui Esteves, grandson of Ponciano, resumed the project in a professional manner, having decided to start selling his Vinho Verde Alvarinho under the brand "DOM PONCIANO", according to the strict rules in force for Alvarinhos produced in the Monção and Melgaço Sub-region.
The wine, obtained by the most modern winemaking technologies, is fresh, balsamic and very expressive in the mouth, where it is powerful, with firm acidity and a persistent finish, with some sweetness. Its excellent quality has been recognized by the specialized press and has already earned it prestigious national and international awards.
Dom Ponciano Colheita Seleccionada Alvarinho