The Alentejo province in Portugal offers unique wines that blend well with the authentic Portuguese cuisine. Alentejo is considered to be the birthplace of Casa de Santa Vitória, which was established in 2004. The earth and climate create ideal conditions that result in high standard quality wines.
Of course, the vineyards can’t take care of themselves! They need professional winemakers such as Ms. Patrícia Peixoto to monitor and manage the processing of wine from A to Z.
Here’s our exclusive interview with Patrícia!
Can we get a glimpse of you on a personal level?
I was born in Portugal, in the city of Braga, on June 27 1978. I am married and have three children.
When and how did you first become involved in wine?
I became interested in wine even before I went to university. The truth is though, I took a sip on my first wine from my father’s glass at the tender age of six! Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by chemistry, and years later my interest in wine came to me as a light at the end of the tunnel. Wine is always about chemistry for me! Hence, I decided to study Oenology at the university in Vila Real called Tras os Montes.
What is the favorite part of your job?
The most important/favorite part of my job is seeing the result of our hard work encompassed in a single bottle. Moreover, the smiles of customers adds to our already overwhelming joy. We work everyday to produce great wines…to respect the grapes and our tradition. I love spending time on the vineyard harvesting the grapes and also checking the wines and storing them correctly in the wine cellar.
Favorite grape and why?
It’s hard to name one. I’m passionate about white wines, so I’ll name Alvarinho since I’m from the Minho region. Also, I love Sauvignon Blanc because of its freshness and complexity. From the red grape kingdom I’d choose Touriga Nacional ( or as I like to call it, the grape of the grapes!) since it adapts to many different terroirs and represents the best grapes from Portugal.
What does your wine region bring to the character of its wines?
Alentejo region brings ripened flavors like fruit and jam, with intensity and smoothness.
Other than your own, what are your favorite wine regions and why?
Portugal is a small country filled with diversity. The wines produced from different regions vary in their characteristics. The decision of which grape varieties to plant is the most important decision to make when you think about quality of wine. Personally, I’m a big fan of whites from Dao region, due to their elegance and longevity. Madeira fortified wines are also a favorite, because they are unique with acidity and flavors that you can’t find anywhere else. Moreover, reds of Douro valley have deep intense flavors that truly entice your taste buds.
Do you see any interesting trends happening in the world of wine?
For sure, there is a new tendency for lighter wines and the more elegant. One of the reasons I believe is because more young people are starting to consume, so the market is trying to appeal to them more.
Do you have a favorite recipe to share or food to pair with any of your wines?
In general, I promote harmony between wine and food. A good harmonization gives an amazing pleasure at the table. I enjoy for example roasted black pork cheeks with Santa Vitoria Red wine. Also, potatoes and cherry tomatoes with our Santa Vitoria Red Grande Reserva.
Although wine is a constant in my life, I love sport and I’m always in a rush plus I’m a perfectionist. I’m a person with a lot of energy and love being around friends, family, food and wine.
Any future projects?
I hope to continue this journey and make great wines to promote the company that I represent. I worked in other regions in the past like Douro, Vinhos verdes, Beiras, and now Alentejo and some day who knows, I may have experience again in these or other regions. This is my motivation to get up every morning and I’m lucky to have a job that makes me crave Mondays everyday!
Muito Obrigado Patrícia ! Until next time everyone 🍷🍷