Port Manoel D. Pocas Junior
Velho, 20 years of age, Reflets du Haut-Douro
Provenance: Cannes Besch, 12/29/2012
The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.
Manoel D. Pocas Junior
This is a family company, founded in 1918 by Manoel D. Poças Junior. He had started to work at Ferreira but started the House with his uncle. It was called Poças & Comandita, later Manuel D. Poças Junior. In 1943 it was established as a singular name firm, and it becomes a Limited Liability Society, all partners being members of the Founder's Family, most of them working exclusively for the Company. Now the founder’s grandsons and the 4th generation are engaged in the company. 1944 they took over the Port House J.P. Gouveia, which had no port left. Poças Jr. started making vintage port in 1960.
The Quinta das Quartas Vineyard was bought 1923, Quinta de Santa Bárbara, was bought 1980 and Quinta do Vale de Cavalos was purchased in 1998.
Manoel D. Pocas Junior
Founded in 1918 by Manoel Poças Junior, it is a family-owned and independent company producing Port an DOC Douro wines. It is one of the few Port wine companies that was born Portuguese and has, since its foundation, belonged to the same family, now in its fourth generation.
In 1943 it was established as a single name firm, and it becomes a Limited Liability Society, all partners being members of the Founder's Family, most of them working exclusively for the Company. 1944 they took over the Port House J.P. Gouveia, which had no port stock left The post second world war years are characterized by steady growth. Poças Jr. started making vintage port in 1960. Manoel D. Pocas passed away in 1975, and his grandchildren make investments by creating a fully automated bottling line and a leading-edge quality control laboratories.
Today the founder’s grandsons and the 4th generation are engaged in the company. In 1987 Jorge Manuel Pintão, graduated in chemistry and enology of the " l'école d'œnologie de Bordeaux," begins the leadership of the Department of Oenology. In 1990 Poças were one of the first producers, to comply with the DOC regulation, to invest in the production of DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) Douro wine. The first wine becomes a success
The Quinta das Quartas Vineyard, the company’s first, was obtained 1923. Quinta de Santa Bárbara was bought 1980, and Quinta do Vale de Cavalos was purchased in 1998. In 2006 four generations work in the company. Two grandchildren of the founder, Jorge Poças Pintão and Acácio Poças Maia, in the administration. Jorge Manuel Pintão (Enology), Maria Manuel Maia (Viticulture), Pedro Poças Pintão (Sales and marketing) and Paulo Pintão (financial and administrative).