Cálem & Filho A.A.

Quinta da Foz

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This Port Wine House was founded in 1859 by Antonio Alves Calem, and he bought Quinta do Foz in 1885. Cálem was by this time dedicated only to wine exports to Brazil in exchange of exotic woods. Porto Cálem main market has always been Portugal, but exports have maintained a high significance along with its history. The brand logo shows the caravel shipping the Cálem Port to Brazil. The first Vintage Port ever produced by Porto Cálem was the Vintage Port 1870.

Four generations

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His son Antonio Calem Jr became President of the Chamber of Commerce 1915 and a member of the Parliament and handed over the house to his sons Jose’ Joaquim Oliviera and Joaquim Oliviera Calem who both started in the company in 1920 and retired in 1974 and 1978, respectively, to make room for the fourth generation Joaquim Manuel P.O. Calem who joined the company in 1974 and was director in 1998 when Sogevinus acquired the company,

Sogevinus

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The family-owned the firm to 1998 when Sogevinus bought it. Sogevinus owner Rogério Leandro da Silva was the former director of Calem. They did not include Quinta da Foz and Quinta do Sagrado in Sogevinus acquisition of Cálem, but they have secured the supply of grapes from these Quintas and the right to continue to sell these single Quinta vintage ports. 

António Alves Cálem

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António Alves Cálem founded Porto Cálem in 1859 and set his sights on crossing the Atlantic and exporting to Brazil at a time when Port was typically shipped to the British Isles and other European markets. The first transactions were done in exotic woods and could easily be misjudged as a bold decision when, in fact, it was a pondered risk that forwarded a very successful business relationship.

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