The Manz family moved to the quiet village of Cheleiros, West Portugal, in 2004 and quickly fell in love with people and the place.
The strong history of wine in the region strongly captivated André Manz that, with the help and advice from locals, decided to try to produce for his personal consumption.
Almost forgotten in the newly acquired vineyard, there were about 200 white grape strains, from a variety that neither the young winemakers in the project or the locals of the region could identify.
When discovered, the production of the grape – Jampal – was highly discouraged to André.
The remaining supply in abundance, and the low profitability of large-scale Jampal - why was almost extinct in the country, explained the advice.
But André wants to try anyway: “I do not want to do too much wine, I want to make good one”, he said. The result was surprising: his wine was unlike anything that no one had tried so far,
providing an opportunity for unexpected business and the motto for the production of other Portuguese varieties, as well as the ones in vineyards in prime locations: Alto Douro and Palmela.
Manzwine emerged based on the same philosophy that led the Manz family to bet on Jampal: its maximum value is quality.
The concept is close to a little boutique wine shop, with premium products rich in flavor and made with passion and result of old dreams.
With 9 different labels, the Manwine currently exports to several countries, from Poland and Denmark to Singapore or Brazil, having really fans of the brand.
Manzwine’s project begins with the discovery of a grape variety, but soon evolve into the desire for restoration and rediscovery
of a region that continues to transport visitors to another era, in which the wine having the leading role.
The recovery of the tradition and dynamism of Cheleiros is one of the most important goals of the Manz family, which currently is impossible to dissociate from its wine business.
Just over 20 minutes from Lisbon, the Manzwine offers a unique and complete experience for wine lovers, and there is nothing like so close to the capital.
Their investment began in Largo da Praça: the Old Primary School, once abandoned, is now the “Lugar do Vinho”, the winery that centralizes all the production of Jampal.
Also, the winepress now welcomes the Manzwine store, a permanent exhibition of artefacts from other times that locals call Museum.
The space is open to the public every day, with previously scheduled wine tastings and visits to vineyards and Roman Bridge, precursor of the brand logo.
According to the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária Português, Manzwine is the only producer in Portugal with a certified vineyard of this grape variety.
It is also the world’s first producer with a wine exclusively made with Jampal (Dona Fatima).
The wine is characterized by a buttery feel and fruity flavor, but mainly by its good acidity which explains the name:
Fatima is also the producer’s mother in-law name.
A selection of over 1,200 wines for the 50 Great Portuguese Wine 2010 by Julia Harding,
English specialist and critical of wine recognized around the globe, elected Dona Fátima as one of the bests.
Manzwine is a producer of premium wines, created after the rediscovery of a rare grape variety with so much history and years of tradition.
With a unique boutique store in Cheleiros (Mafra, Portugal), Manzwine has won several awards from national and international critics and is currently exporting to Brazil, USA, China, UK, Poland, Japan and many more.
The winery focuses its production in the village, having unforgettable regional wines of Lisbon such as Dona Fátima – the only one in the whole world exclusively produced with Jampal grape variety. With 9 labels total, Manzwine’s portfolio is further enriched with wines from Alto Douro and Setúbal regions.
Made with passion and result of old dreams, the wines are rich in fragrances and have a velvety flavor.
How to get there:
38º 53’ 20.48” N 9º 19’ 44.28” W
By car: Lisboa> Cheleiros
In Lisbon, take the A5, CREL/A9 e A16/IC16 e N9 until you reach Cheleiros.
By train + Táxi/Uber: Lisboa > Sintra > Cheleiros
Lisboa > Sintra – Take the Sintra Line
• Estação do Oriente
• Estação do Rossio
• Estação de Entrecampos
Sintra > Cheleiros – By taxi/Uber and take the N9 towards Mafra / Pêro Pinheiro until you reach Cheleiros.