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Quintessential to Import Alexandre Relvas Wines

Posted on July 25, 2016

Napa, CA – Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas, the family-owned Portuguese producer with two highly-rated wine estates, has entered into an agreement with family owned-and-operated fine wine import, marketing and sales company Quintessential, to represent their wines in the US.

The wines come from the Alentejo – a region between Lisbon and the southern coast, known as Portugal’s bread basket and the main producer of cork in the world. Its far-reaching countryside, rippling plains, rich soil and winemaking history enticed Lisbon-based Alexandre Relvas to buy land in the Redondo area in 1997 that was called Herdade de Sao Miguel. Alexandre`s family has a long history of working the land. He is the fourth generation of a family of farmers from Northern Portugal. Initially, Alexandre bought the land for a second home, where he could plant some vineyards to make top-quality wines, and start a forest of cork trees.

The trees came first, in the late 1990s. In 2001, he planted vineyards, mostly with the traditional red Portuguese grape varieties such as Aragones, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira, and some white grapes like Antao Vaz, Arinto and Verdelho. A state-of-the-art winery was built in 2003, with the first bottles of Herdade de Sao Miguel Red Wine coming to market in 2004. A second winery and vineyards, called Herdade da Pimenta, followed in 2011. Together, they account for 240 acres of Estate vineyards.

In less than 20 years, Alexandre created a successful cork business (now with over 247 acres of cork trees they own, and another 1,850 acres of cork and pine forests they manage), planted vineyards and built two wineries producing award-winning and highly-rated wines. Both of his sons (the fifth generation of the family) are working with him on the wine side – Alexandre Relvas, Jr. as chief winemaker, and his younger brother Antonio, on the commercial side.

According to Dennis Kreps, co-owner of Quintessential with his father, Stephen D. Kreps, “wine lovers are only lately discovering how much high-quality wine is being produced in Portugal, at all price points and from regions as varied as the Douro Valley, Vinho Verde and the Alentejo. With their passion for making fine wines, and their dedication to their family’s heritage and future, Alexandre Relvas is a great fit with our company’s philosophy to bring the best wines made by family owned-and-operated wineries from the top regions to our customers.”

Quintessential will initially import a range of Alexandre Relvas wines from the Herdade de Sao Miguel, Sul, Art Terra and Herdade da Pimenta brands, ranging in price from $12.00 to $80.00. For further information, visit the Quintessential website at or call (707) 226-8300.

Founded in 2002 by father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps, Quintessential is a family owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, CA. It is dedicated exclusively to representing multi-generational, family owned-and-operated producers who have the same passion for winemaking as Quintessential has in strategically marketing and selling their wines. These producers, from most of the top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards.

Quintessential’s roster of “top-quality” family producers include Bodega Valentin Bianchi, New Age, Sensual and Pascual Toso from Argentina; Henry’s Drive, Pillar Box, Shirvington, Paringa, 3 Rings, Kay Brothers and Frankland Estate from Australia; California’s Ironstone Vineyards, Eponymous and Two Angels; Brazil’s Bodegas Perini and Macaw wines; the Chilean wines of Vina Koyle, Matetic Vineyards and Terrapura; Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, Gustave Lorentz, Chateau Ferry Lacombe, Cachette and Esprit du Rhone from France; the Karolyi Estate wines from Hungary; Villa Huesgen Rieslings from Germany; Italy’s La Mannella, Attilio Ghisolfi, Paolo Manzone, Luca Bosio, Bel Colle, Ascevi Luwa, Vino dei Fratelli and Villa de Varda Grappas and Liqueurs; the Portuguese wines of Quinta do Vallado and Vila Nova; Spain’s Bodegas Muriel, Vina Eguia, Conde de los Andes, Marquis de Elciego, Real Compania, Pazo Cilliero and Bodegas Farina, and South Africa’s Simonsig Estate.

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