by O.P. Brothers in April 2015
The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.
Ema Vieira Pereira
FAVILA - GONCALVES & C.A LDA & VIEIRA
This was the company partly owned by Manuel Jose
Vieira, the other owner being Mr Goncalves. Mr Favila
was the owner of various vineyards who had no heirs
and left the vineyards to his lawyer Manuel Jose Vieira
with the restriction to continue to use the name of
Favila. The son of Manuel added the name Favila to his
name, Manuels daughter Ema refused this. She later
made wines under her own name. Favilla Goncalves
fnished its activities in the early seventies of the 20th
Ema Vieira Pereira was married to Mr Pereira and
their son was Joao Manuel Vieira Pereira. The cousin
of Joao, Agostinho Pereira Gouveia, managed the
properties while he lived Lisbon. In December 2014
Christie’s NY ofered the old Madeira collection from
the Gouveia family at auction there were a relative
large number of Vieira wines. Apart from this the Vieira
wines are little seen.
All wines in this collection came from the old family
home of Mrs Ema Vieira Pereira and originally
belonged to her. It was special to go into the room
where she lived to inspect and pack these old bottles.
We were able to taste a number of these old wines and
from the undated Sercial to the 1890 Malvasia all were
of a high quality.