500 years of wine making

The Company:
patrimony and mission


Quinta de Paços Sociedade Agrícola, Lda.
is a family-based company which exploits
its agricultural patrimony...

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Quinta de Paços Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. is a family-based company which exploits its agricultural patrimony aiming to produce high-quality wines with a distinctive personality, resulting from a special emphasis on their natural and authentic character.

The society's patrimony comprises an area of around 200 hectares, divided into five estates in the municipality of Barcelos – Casa de Paços - Quinta de Paços, Prazo da Cotovia, Morgadio do Perdigão, Quinta de Vila Meã and Morgadio de Real – and one in the municipality of Monção – Casa do Capitão-Mor - Quinta da Boavista.
In the municipality of Barcelos, Casa de Paços - Quinta de Paços has remained a property of the same family for more than 400 years and 15 generations, maintaining a tradition of expertise on wine making in the region of Minho lasting for more than 4 centuries.

Wines


Casa do Capitão-Mor
Casa de Paços
Morgado do Perdigão

Wine's technical data sheet

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Wine List

Casa de Paços

Arinto

Casa de Paços

Fernão Pires

Casa de Paços

Loureiro e Arinto

Casa de Paços

Loureiro - Vinho Verde

Casa de Paços

Rosé - Vinho Verde

Casa de Paços

Superior

Casa do Capitão-Mor

Alvarinho

Casa do Capitão-Mor

Reserva-Alvarinho

Morgado do Perdigão

Alvarinho e Loureiro

Prizes


In the XIX century the two main estates of the company – Casa de Paços - Quinta de Paços (Barcelos) and Casa do Capitão-Mor - Quinta
da Boavista (Monção)...

Press References


Casa de Paços


Casa de Paços probably owes its name to an ancient paço(*) from the days in which St. Eulália de Rio Côvo...

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Casa de Paços probably owes its name to an ancient paço(*) from the days in which St. Eulália de Rio Côvo might have been a Roman thermal resort. Part of what the estate is today once belonged to the Commendam of Chavão of the Order of Malta, but, for more than 400 years (since the XVI century) and 15 generations it has remained a property of the same family, the Silvas of Rio Côvo, thus named by genealogist Felgueiras Gayo, a descendant himself of this family.

This family later united with the Fonseca family of Amins by matrimony, giving birth to the Silva Fonseca family, who in turn would also unite matrimonially with the Teixeira de Barros family (Majorat of Perdigão), as well as with their relatives Pereira da Fonseca Vilas-Boas (Majorat of Real), the Viscounts of Barrosa and the Mattos Graça family (owners of Casa do Bemfeito and, they too, descendants from the Casa de Paços).
In this house were born and undertook important building works Dr. D. Frei João Baptista da Sylva (1679-1765), Benedictine monk and once General of the Order and, on two different times, General Abbott of Tibães, as well as Dr. Teotónio José da Fonseca (1875-1937), author of Barcelos Aquém e Além-Cávado and of several other monographs and genealogy books, and a member of the Portuguese Archaeologists Association.

(NT: lat. palatiu, hence Engl. palace; also called lat. villa: "a large ancient Roman country house with the buildings and farmland belonging to it" [in the Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture; Longman: Harlow, 1998])

Casa do Capitão-Mor


In the parish of Mazedo, municipality of Monção, the remotest reference to the Majorat of Boavista dates back to the XIVth century...

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In the parish of Mazedo, municipality of Monção, the remotest reference to the Majorat of Boavista dates back to the XIVth century, its owner then being Affonso de Novaes, a knight of the King Afonso III. The fact that in 1640 it became a property of Francisco Soares de Castro, the high-commander (Capitão-Mor) of Monção, accounts for the name Casa do Capitão-Mor, by which it would become known until nowadays.

Vineyards and Winemaking


The existence of vineyards in Casa de Paços - Quinta de Paços dates back to the
XVI century, and throughout time
significant innovations...

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The existence of vineyards in Casa de Paços - Quinta de Paços dates back to the XVI century, and throughout time significant innovations were introduced in its cultivation, which ensured important improvement, of which the international prizes awarded to some of its wines (cf. the section "Prizes") are relevant proof. In the XX century, its main vineyard excelled on account of an unusual combination of white grape varieties – Alvarinho, Arinto, Loureiro and Fernão Pires – which gave rise to a wine of high reputation all over the region.

Nowadays, an integrated production system is made effective in viticulture, which includes correct phytosanitary protection practices, without resort to toxic pesticides.
The winemaking process is carried out in two wineries located in the parishes of Rio Covo St. Eulália, municipality of Barcelos (Casa de Paços), and Mazedo, municipality of Monção (Casa do Capitão-Mor).

Soils


The composition of the soil in these estates ranges from the calc-alkaline granites with
a porphyritic texture...

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The composition of the soil in these estates ranges from the calc-alkaline granites with a porphyritic texture to the schist (in smaller areas). Likewise, the grounds benefit from different types of exposure to sunlight, which ensures excellent conditions for the production of quality wines.

In Casa do Capitão-Mor - Quinta da Boavista, in particular, the calc-alkaline granitic soil, similar to that of the French regions of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Graves, is covered with round pebbles, a greatly valued characteristic for the production of superior wines.

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Contacts


Mobile: +351 961 450 809
Telephone: +351 253 897 109
Email: quintapacos@gmail.com

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Headquarters
R. José de Carvalho, 68
4150-439 Porto
Mobile: +351 961 450 809
Telephone: +351 253 897 109
Fax: +351 226 101 838
Email: quintapacos@gmail.com

Quinta de Paços
Rio Côvo Stª Eulália
Rua Dr. Teotónio da Fonseca, 171
4750-484 Barcelos
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Quinta da Boavista
Mazedo
4950-277 Monção
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