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“It’s easy to understand why we named our company ‘Wine&Soul’ a project that we put our heart and soul into. Where we create warm and personal wines that symbolize our life.”

Winemakers / Owners

Sandra Tavares da Silva & Jorge Serôdio Borges

1999

Two hearts, one great wine

“All we had was a dream, a vision, a project in common that would embrace our life as a couple.”

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Jorge Serôdio

Jorge was born and bred a Douro Valley man, with no intention of ever leaving. Since a very young age, his heart has been in the vineyards and the valleys. His family has a strong lineage and tradition of owning “Quintas” and of producing Port wines, making him the 5th generation of the family to produce port wines. Because of his close connection to wines, Jorge decided to study enology. During his studies, he was already working and collaborating with prestigious “Quintas” around the Douro. In 1999 he joined forces with recognized winemakers and revolutionized not only Douro wines, but also Sandra’s heart. After just two years, Wine&Soul was born.

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Sandra Tavares

Sandra is from Lisbon, where she studied agronomy. After completing her degree in Lisbon, she decided to travel to Piacenza in Italy to take her master’s of enology. With her heart back in Portugal, there was only one region where she hadn’t explored or worked, the Douro Valley. In 1999, she came to the Douro for an internship, and that job opened the doors to her future home. In the same year, Sandra met Jorge, her husband and business partner. Just two years later, they got married and Wine&Soul was born.

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2001

"Our goal is to create wines that express the full character of the traditional vineyards and varieties in the Douro Valley"

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The innovative yet rustic winery was founded nearly ten years ago by Jorge Serôdio Borges and his wife Sandra Tavares da Silva, two of the most celebrated winemakers in Portugal, who wanted to channel their extensive experience into a winery that would showcase the traditional varieties of the Douro Valley on an international scale.

Their first creation was a wine called Pintas, named after the couple’s restless English Pointer. What was initially an old Port lodge is today a reflection of the Douro’s history and tradition, using grapes from old vines with more than 40 mixed grape varieties. In it the grandeur, breadth and richness of this region.

“We started making a garage wine we called ‘Pintas’ (spots), a single vineyard red wine that comes from a very old vineyard with companion planting, where over 40 varieties grow together.”

Sandra Tavares

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Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serôdio Borges began their adventure in 2001. In the beginning, the young couple had no vineyards and no wine, but they shared a dream, a personal project to which they have devoted themselves body and soul.

The name Wine & Soul is the product of their passion and total commitment to wine. From the start, this company’s work has focused on a tireless search for exceptional vines in the Pinhão Valley – the historic heart of great Port wines – to give them a voice.

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“We wanted to make a full-bodied wine, wild and vertiginous, that would illustrate the flair and colossal landscape of the Douro Valley. Pintas just shows the best version of the Douro, the strength, the enthusiasm and the perfect balance with long and lasting finish.”

Jorge Serôdio Borges

until 2008

Developing the wines

"We then crafted the other wines in the Wine & Soul portfolio: The red Pintas Character, a blend of 5 distinct plots that surround the Pintas Vineyard. The white Guru, produced from high-altitude very old vineyards."

Sandra & Jorge

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And our extremely special 5G Port Wine, a very, very old Tawny Port that originates from a blend of several very old Port wines, most of them over a hundred years old.

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2009

Quinta da Manoella

"A fabulous estate planted primarily with very old vineyards, facing south and south-east, some of them over a hundred years old."

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"Our very first wine, Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas, quickly became one of the best and most remarkable wines in the Douro."

Jorge is the 5th generation of a long line of wine producers and winery owners. Therefore, in 2009 Sandra and Jorge acquired “Quinta da Manoella”, an estate with a history that dates back to 1838.

The Quinta da Manoella vineyards are over a hundred years old, bordered on both sides by young vineyards that are 30 years old, some even more recent. Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas was immediately recognized as one of the greatest wines of Douro.

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Present

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Wine & Soul embodies the spirit of a new wave of top quality Douro Wines, sourced from very old vineyards, low yields, limited production showcase the character of each particular vineyard and the very special nature of each unique terroir. Wines crafted with minimum intervention, letting nature and terroir take the lead and speak for themselves.

“We respect this region’s land, values and traditions by making terroir wines with great aging potential. Today we have much more experience, we understand and know the vineyards much better, which is helpful. But the most important thing is the love and passion we feel for our wines and our company. This is the same as it was back in 2001.”

Wine & Soul has become the image of the modern Douro: a Douro where nature and each vineyard’s personality speak the loudest. Our wines are living proof that the traditional vineyards that produce great Vintage Ports are also capable of producing great Douro wines.

The love and passion we feel for our wines and our company is the same as it was back in 2001

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“Over the years we have looked for old vineyards, preferably those that have traditionally been used to make outstanding Vintage Port. We believe there is a close connection and strong relationship between Port and Douro wines, and are keen to show that the best port wine vineyards are also the very best vineyards for the greatest Douro wines.”

2003

Pintas 2001

  • Decanter World Award
  • The Best of 2003 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos
2005

Pintas Vintage 2003

  • Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge
  • Gold Medal – Mundus Vini

Pintas  2003

  • Trophy- Decanter World Wine Awards
  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of 2005- Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos

Pintas 2001 & 2003

  • Financial Times – Jancis Robinson
    Portuguese Wines Defy the Snobs
2006

Wine & Soul

  • Nominated Newcomer of the year – Wein Gourmet – Wine Awards

Pintas 2004

  • Trophy- Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge
  • The Best of 2006- Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos
  • 94 – Robert Parker

Guru 2004

  • Gold Medal- Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Champion White Trophy – Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Portuguese White Trophy- Decanter World Wine Awards
  • James Rogers Trophy – Decanter World Wine Awards
2007

Pintas 2005

  • 95 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of 2007- Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos

Guru 2005

  • Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge

Pintas Vintage 2005

  • Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards
2008

Jorge Serôdio Borges

  • Winemaker of the Year – A Essência do Vinho
  • Young Winemaker of the Year – Prémio NS Vinho – Revista NS

Pintas 2006

  • 92 – Robert Parker
2009

Pintas 2007

  • 93 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of 2009 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos
2010

Pintas Character 2008

  • Gold Medal – Mundus Vini
  • 94 – Robert Parker
2011

Jorge Serôdio Borges

  • Winemaker of the Year – Wine Magazine

Pintas 2009

  • 93 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of  2011 – Prémio de Excelência – Revista Vinhos

Quinta da Manoella VV 2009

  • 93 – Robert Parker
2012

Pintas Character 2010

  • 92 – Decanter Magazine

Pintas 2009

  • 94 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines
  • 18,5 – Decanter Awards – 5 Star Wine

Pintas 2010

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • 3rd Red Wine – Essência do Vinho – Top 10 Vinhos Portugueses

Quinta da Manoella VV 2009

  • 93 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines

Quinta da Manoella VV 2010

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of 2012 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos

Pintas Vintage 2009

  • Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge
  • 95 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines

Tawny 10 Years Old

  • 92 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines
2013

Guru 2011

  • 2nd White Wine – Essência do Vinho – Top Vinhos Portugueses

Pintas Character 2009

  • 95 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection

Pintas Character 2010

  • 92 – Wine Spectator

Pintas 2010

  • 94 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection
  • 93 – Wine Spectator

Pintas 2011

  • 1st Red Wine – Essência do Vinho – Top 10 Vinhos Portugueses
  • 94 – Robert Parker
  • The Best of 2012 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos

Pintas Vintage 2009

  • 94 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection

Pintas Vintage 2011

  • 96 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection
  • 94 – Wine Spectator
2014

Pintas 2011

  • 98 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines

Pintas Character 2011

  • 94 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines

Quinta da Manoella VV 2011

  • 95 – Wine Spectator – Top Wines
  • The Best of 2014 – Guia de Vinhos de Portugal – João Paulo Martins

Quinta da Manoella VV 2012

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • 18,5 – The Best of 2014 – A Essência do Vinho

Wine & Soul

  • Producer of the Year 2014 – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
2015

Guru 2013

  • 96 – Decanter Award

Pintas Character 2012

  • 93 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas 2012

  • 18,5 – Jancis Robinson
  • 95 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection
  • 92 – Wine Spectator
  • 92 – Robert Parker

Quinta da Manoella VV 2012

  • The Best of 2015 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinhos
  • 18,5 – The Best of 2015 – A Essência do Vinho
2016

Sandra Tavares da Silva

  • Winemaker Award – Prémio Especial 10 Anos Revista Paixão pelo Vinho (2006-2016)
  • Winemaker of the Year – Prémio W

Jorge Serôdio Borges

  • Winemaker of the year 2016 – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho

Guru 2014

  • 92 – Wine Spectator

Pintas Character 2013

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • 94 – Wine & Spirits
  • 93 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas 2013

  • 96 – Wine Enthusiasts – Top 100 Cellar Selection
  • The Best of 2016 – Guia de Vinhos de Portugal – João Paulo Martins
  • 93 – Wine Spectator
  • 94 – Robert Parker

Quinta da Manoella VV 2013

  • 92 – Wine Spectator
  • 93 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine & Spirits
  • 94 – Wine Enthusiast

Quinta da Manoella VV 2014

  • 18,5 – The Best of 2014 – A Essência do Vinho
  • The Best of 2016 – Prémio Excelência – Revista Vinho

Manoella Red 2013

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine Enthusiast
2017

Guru 2015

  • 92 – Robert Parker

Guru 2016

  • 92 – Wine Spectator
  • 93 – Robert Parker

Pintas Character 2015

  • 94 – Robert Parker

Pintas 2014

  • 92+ – Robert Parker
  • 95 – Wine & Spirits
  • 94 – Wine Enthusiast – Cellar Selection
  • 93 – Wine Spectator

Pintas 2015

  • 97 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine Spectator

Quinta da Manoella VV 2014

  • 92 – Decanter Award
  • 92 – Wine Spectator

Quinta da Manoella VV 2015

  • 96 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine Spectator

Manoella Red 2014

  • 92 – Decanter Award

Manoella Red 2015

  • 92 – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2004

  • 93 – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2005

  • 92 – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2009

  • 93 – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2011

  • 95+ – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2015

  • 95 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine Spectator
2018

Wine&Soul

  • Wine Spectator’s Critic’s Choice Award in recognition for producing one of the world greatest wines
  • Wine & Spirits 2018 – Top 100 Wineries

Guru 2016

  • 92 – Wine & Spirits

Guru 2017

  • Press Choice – White Wine

Pintas Character 2015

  • 93 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas Character 2016

  • 93 – Wine & Spirits

Pintas 2015

  • 95 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas 2016

  • Top 30 – Prémio Grandes Escolhas
  • 92 – Wine & Spirits

Quinta da Manoella VV 2015

  • 93 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas Vintage 2015

  • 95 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas Vintage 2016

  • 94/96 – Robert Parker

Pintas Vintage 2017

  • 97 – Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen
  • 95 – Wine Enthusiast

Pintas 2017

  • 97 – Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen

Quinta da Manoella VV 2017

  • 98- Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen

Pintas Character 2017

  • 94 – Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen

Guru 2018

  • 94 – Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen

Manoella Tinto 2017

  • 92 – Nattverden.com – Tom Marthinsen
2019

Wine&Soul

  • Wine Spectator’s Critic’s Choice Award in recognition for producing one of the world greatest wines

Guru 2017

  • 93 – Wine Spectator
  • 92 – Robert Parker

Pintas Character 2016

  • 92 – Robert Parker
  • 92 – Wine & Spirits

Pintas Character 2017

  • 92 – Robert Parker

Pintas 2016

  • 95 – Wine Spectator
  • 94 – Robert Parker

Pintas 2017

  • 95+ – Robert Parker
  • Top 30 – Prémio Grandes Escolhas

Quinta da Manoella VV 2016

  • 93 – Wine Spectator
  • 94 – Robert Parker
  • 93 – Wine & Spirits
  • 94- Decanter Award

Quinta da Manoella VV 2017

  • 95 – Robert Parker

Manoella Red 2016

  • Top 100 Wines – Wine Spectator

Pintas Vintage 2017

  • 97/99 – Robert Parker
2020

Sandra Tavares da Silva

  • Financial Timas – Jancis Robinson – The Most Notable Female Winemakers in the World

Pintas 2018

  • 19 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Pintas 2017

  • Top 100 Wines of 2020 Wine Spectator
  • 96 – Wine Spectator
  • 93 – James Suckling
  • 95 – Robert Parker
  • 18 – Jancis Robinson

Guru NM

  • 19 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Guru 2019

  • 95 – Robert Parker
  • 18 – Revista Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
  • 18,5 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Guru 2018

  • 93 – Wine Spectator
  • 17,5 – Jancis Robinson

Pintas Character 2017

  • 92 – Wine Spectator
  • 93 – James Suckling
  • 17 – Jancis Robinson
  • 18 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Quinta da Manoella VV 2017

  • 97 – Wine Spectator
  • 92 – James Suckling
  • 94 – Wine & Spirits
  • 93+ – Robert Parker
  • 17,5 – Jancis Robinson

Pintas Vintage 2017

  • 95 – Wine Spectator

Pintas Vintage 2018

  • 97 – Robert Parker
  • 19 – Revista Grandes Escolhas
  • 95 – Wine Spectator

Manoella Tinto 2017

  • 17 – Jancis Robinson
  • 92 – James Suckling

Manoella Branco 2019

  • 16,5 – Jancis Robinson
  • 90 – James Suckling

Manoella Rosé 2019

  • 16,5 – Jancis Robinson
2021

Guru NM

  • The Best White Wine of 2020  – Revista Grandes Escolhas
  • The Best of The Year 2020 – Top 30 – Excellence Award – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
  • 18,5 – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
  • 19/96+ – Wine & Stuff

Guru 2019

  • 18 – The Best of The Year 2020 Awards – Douro and Port – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
  • 19 – Great Choice – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Guru 2020

  • 93- Robert Parker

Pintas 2017

  • 18,5 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Pintas 2018

  • 18 – Julia Harding (Douro Primeira Prova)
  • 94 – Wine Spectator
  • 18,5 – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho

Pintas 2019

  • 97 -Robert Parker

Pintas vintage 2018

  • 18 – Revista de Vinhos – A Essência do Vinho
  • 97 – Livets Goda

Pintas vintage 2019

  • 97+- Robert Parker
  • 95+- Wine & Spirits

Pintas Character 18

  • 18 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Pintas Character 2019

  • 92 – Robert Parker

Quinta da Manoella VV 2011

  • 19 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Quinta da Manoella VV 2018

  • 19,5 – Revista Grandes Escolhas
  • 95- Wine Spectator

Quinta da Manoella VV 19

  • 95- Robert Parker

Vinha do Altar 2019

  • Market Choice Award – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Manoella Red 2018

  • 91 Pontos – Wine Spectator

Manoella Red 2019

  • 91+ – Robert Parker

Manoella White

  • 89+ – Robert Parker

Manoella 10 Years old Tawny

  • 89 – Robert Parker

Manoella 10 Years old Extra Dry White Port

  • 90 – Robert Parker

Manoella 10 Years old White Port

  • 89 – Robert Parker

Ruby Finest Reserve 

  • 17,5 – Revista Evasões
  • 17 – Revista Grandes Escolhas

Since it was created, Wine&Soul’s philosophy has been based on respect for the family legacy passed down from a long tradition of winemaking in the Douro region. But we do not simply accept this noble inheritance: we seek to enhance it with a fresh vision.

Our work is the result of the character and hard work of those who, every day, give their Heart and Soul to this project.

Sandra Tavares da Silva

Sandra Tavares da Silva

Co-Owner and Founder / Winemaker

Jorge Serôdio Borges

Jorge Serôdio Borges

Co-Owner and Founder / Winemaker

Rita Mendes

Rita Mendes

Winemaker

Vasco Coutinho

Vasco Coutinho

Managing Director

Ana Botelho

Ana Botelho

Administration & Logistics Manager

Júlia Sampaio

Júlia Sampaio

Marketing & Wine Tourism Manager

Sofia Valério

Sofia Valério

Labelling & Logistics

Vitor Valério

Vitor Valério

Cellar Manager

Miguel Ramos

Miguel Ramos

Cellar Hand

Luís Lopes

Luís Lopes

Vineyard Manager

António Rodrigues

António Rodrigues

Vineyard Keeper

José Manuel Pinto

José Manuel Pinto

Machine Operator

Mariana José

Mariana José

Vineyard Worker

Nuno Ferreira

Nuno Ferreira

Tourist guide

Our policy has always been to help drive the development of the local economy and families. Our team is mostly from this region, and in 2014 we decided to join Bagos D'Ouro. We became a partner of this social program to help children/teenagers from the region with their studies and their future.

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About Bagos d'Ouro

It all began with a dream. The dream of a more just society. Of a more balanced, equitable and, above all, inclusive Douro. Where all children have equal opportunities. Where new generations play an active role in reversing the cycle of poverty and social exclusion through EDUCATION, the “most powerful weapon to change the world”.

“We are a privately owned charitable institution in Portugal (IPSS). Established in 2010, our mission is to promote the education of children and young people in need in the Douro, to drive social inclusion in the region.

Based on a long-term commitment and proximity strategy, we work individually with each child and teen we support, accompanying their educational, social and family life up to their integration into society. Bagos d’Ouro operates in 6 councils in the Douro – Alijó, Armamar, Murça, Sabrosa, São João da Pesqueira and Tabuaço – working with more than 200 children and their families, in a total of around 300 people. In the near future we plan to expand our intervention area to two new boroughs.”

Today’s seeds are the Bagos d’Ouro (Golden Berries) of tomorrow.

Looking for more information about our wine? Feel free to contact us.

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