Anselmo Mendes: one of the region’s most respected winemakers
Anselmo Mendes, the region’s most influential producer, owns large vineyard tracts and consults widely throughout Portugal. He has also been appointed as the new president of the Alvarinho Producers Association (APA) in August 2020.
His family hails from Monção, and Mendes started making wine in Melgaço from a property he purchased in 1997. He shocked the locals when he employed wood aging with an Alvarinho, and he has only continued to turn the staid world of Monção e Melgaço on its head. It has been over 20 years since he started experimenting with Alvarinho and is now highly regarded as one of the best in Portugal.
The extensive range of Anselmo Mendes wines includes selections made with long skin contact (the mineral Contacto) and a single-vineyard wine (Parcela Unica). Every wine is a star in its own right, and the range illustrates the extreme versatility of Alvarinho.
The winery ended their harvest this year on 1st October 2020 and we are looking forward to their new vintages soon!