It was with great curiosity and enthusiasm that several familiar faces accepted the invitation of Quinta do Casal Branco, one of the most emblematic properties on the south bank of the Tagus, to spend different moments in a celebration of the grape harvest.
“Quinta do Casal Branco was delighted to receive a group of distinguished and interested guests to convey the best we have been doing for over 200 years. Our wine tourism unit is always available to welcome all wine lovers and those interested in this ancient art”, stressed Jose Lobo de Vasconcelos, CEO of Quinta do Casal Branco and host of this meeting to share knowledge and experiences, which left no one indifferent.
“It was a great day at the end of summer, where I was able to relax before getting into the work routine, being with friends, enjoying good wines, getting to know firsthand the way it is made and the history of this farm”, explained Come Silva to CARAS.
In fact, all those present were able to enjoy a lunch where there was no lack of various wines produced on the property and, later, they had the opportunity to participate in the vintages that took place in the centenary vineyards of that estate. After this experience, which for many was a first, they were able to prepare their own blend, with the help of the oenology team.
“As I walk in catering, services and in this busy life, I confess that it was a peace to celebrate the harvest on this farm. From the organization of the event to the explanation of the farm’s history to the wine tasting and lunch held in the gardens, everything was wonderful. I loved meeting the family, watching the guitar shows, and at the same time, it was very useful to learn a few things with the oenologist Joana Silva Lopes. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait to get back, even if it’s just to take a picture or feel this air and this peace you feel here”, admitted the chef Ann-Kristin Wenzel, who surrendered to one of the wines from this farm and is already thinking about incorporating it in their catering services.
In an almost familiar environment, Quinta do Casal Branco managed to create memories for everyone present, providing experiences that guests will remember. “There were three things that fascinated me on this day when we started celebrating the harvest: the passion with which they explained the entire production process to us and told the story of each wine, the friendliness with which they welcomed my children and, naturally, they let them play hide and seek in these extraordinary gardens, letting them ride horses and explore everything as if it were their house, and finally, how it created such a beautiful environment that all the musicians who were there ended up singing and playing”, attested Ana Stilwell.
Photos: João Bettencourt Bacelar