In October this year devastating fires swept through parts of central Portugal, the worst being in the Dão region. The damage to vineyards, forest, and villages was extensive, sadly in some cases fatal. The Dão is already one of Portugal's poorest and least populated areas. Agricultural activity revolves around these forests and vineyards, mostly in small holdings, meaning many livelihoods were destroyed and people left destitute.
To help those people worst affected, we have started a relief fund which will be distributed between local charities.
Our goal is to raise £2000 to help the communities within the Dão region. We will donate £1.00 for every bottle of Dão (DOC) wine ordered from us between 1st January and 31st March 2018.
Please support those whose livelihoods need to be rebuilt, every bottle you order will help.
If you'd like to go further and make a separate Dão-nation, then please get in touch here.
Our Portfolio represents prominent Dão producers, each of which have been affected and are heavily involved in the community recovery efforts.
Quinta das Maias and Niepoort's Quinta da Lomba were mostly unaffected, but many neighbouring farms suffered damage.
At Quinta dos Roques, near Mangualde, many vineyard plots were badly damaged. This including the precious Vinha do Pessegueiro, which is used for the Quinta dos Roques Reserva wine.
Casa de Mouraz near Tondela suffered the worst. Fires destroyed a large part of their vineyards; ancient vines that were planted by previous generations, as well as a warehouse with much of their bottled stock. The village of Mouraz was badly damaged too.