About Us

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We areProducer of great wines since 2004

Founded in 2004 Vinhos Cortém is a small (4.5 hectares) organic winery set in the hills and valleys a few kilometres east of Caldas da Rainha.

The founders were Chris and Helga Price, an English and German couple who realised this place, with a long history of wine production in the region, could create a very special type of Atlantic influenced wines. They restarted the wine production and made Cortém and its wine style known all over Europe.

Even though the winery is small it has several different grape varieties on the fields, allowing for experiments with single variety wines as well as classical blends.

Cortém is now part of the bigger LW Group which means enhanced possibilities for new investments in the fields and the winery but always keeping the Cortém artisan style of wine and continue to develop sustainable production methods.

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We have a great team who is enthusiastic and passionate about wine grapes

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2004
FoundedFounded by Chris and Helga Price in 2004 Vinhos Cortém is a small (4.5 hectares) organic winery set in the hills and valleys a few kilometres east of Caldas da Rainha.
MINERALIZATION
2009
MineralizationFive tons per hectare of basalt finings from a nearby quarry were spread on the soil to increase mineralization. Chemical analysis of this basalt is appended hereto.
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2009
Cabernet Sauvignon, MerlotFirst year of this wine, rich and heavy with the taste of cabernet sauvignon predominating, almost too strong for food we call it our fireside wine! Can be drunk young but will improve with age.
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2010
Organic CertificationThe vineyards have been fully certified ‘Organic’ since 2010 allowing vintages from and including 2010 to bear the title “Wine made from organic grapes”.
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2010
Gold MedalCortém enter several wine contests each year and have won medals at the International Wine Challenge and Mundus Vini. This year Cortém won a gold medal for the Syrah 2010 at the Berliner Wine Trophy.
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2010
First 500 litresCortém sauvignon blanc, Viognier* bottled the first 500 litres of 2010 vintage this year and the wine is unique. It was a late harvest and the slow fermentation was not finished until January 2011. The result is a very heavy wine, over 15% Alc but with little remaining sugar. Typical but subtle tastes and aromas of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Must be served very cold and is ideal as an aperitif or as a dessert wine.
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2021
Lindeborg WinesIn late 2018 the LW Group met with Chris and Helga through tastings here in Cortém. In 2021 the LW group is the sole owner of Cortém.

Meet theWinemaking Team

We have a great team who is enthusiastic and passionate about wine grapes

We manage to deliver authentic wines making it possible to be a good example of Portuguese wine. We want our wines to be “as nature intended”. Diogo Pereira

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