Initially, the company’s economic situation was not particularly easy. Like any project, there were problems and challenges in the early years. We took advantage of growth to make major investments: we built a large red wine winery, underground cellars and planted vineyards to consolidate the project and give it momentum.
At the time, some wine was being produced but the winemakers didn’t believe it was good enough for Esporão Reserva and we began a new project. The goal was to produce a wine with the same profile as Esporão Reserva, with the same grapes and terroir, boasting exceptional quality, but which wasn’t aged in barrel or bottle. It was important to make a wine on sufficient scale, accessible to everyone and other markets. And that was how, at the beginning of the 1990s, Monte Velho started to take shape.