Two Hundred Years of History
The history of Martha’s, one of those families that have devoted to Port wine production in Douro, dates back to the first quarter of the XVIII century, specifically to 1727. Interestingly, this is the date of the first regulation Feitoria Inglesa do Porto, established in the seventeenth century, and a landmark in the history of the Douro. From this date, the wine trade started to be a constant and it crossed all the generations of the family until nowadays.
Martha’s is one of the oldest family owned Port Wine wineries, and has been combining tradition with high quality standards across six generations so far. It was the second generation of the family to embark on the decisive adventure of commercializing grapes in the areas of Cambres and São João de Lobrigos from their own vineayard. It was still needed two more generations for Manuel Nogueira, from the generation of that time, to begin the production and selling bulk wine to other wine merchants. Margarida Nogueira de Jesus, the youngest of three children, married Manuel de Almeida Marta, and from this union, the family began to bottle and market Port. The next generations devoted themselves to the business of Port wine, always very attentive to the quality and distinctiveness of the product. The current generations ahead of the company give a more decisive step to consolidate and expand the family business internationally. Since ever, the whole cycle is done within the family, from the growing of grapes, to the winemaking, bottling and commercialization.
Martha’s Properties in Douro and grown Grape Varieties
Marta’s family has, at present, properties in the region of Baixo Corgo, whose center is the Regua, covering Fontão Velho, Quinta de Sao Pedro, Quinta de Nossa senhora da Graca and Quinta da Vinha Nova. The diverse area of these vineyards allows the planting of noble grape varieties such as: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela e Tinta Roriz, Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Donzelinho, Gouveio, Moscatel, Rabigato e Moscatel Galego.
Range of Port Wine
Offering today a wide selection of ports, Martha’s family is mostly focused in the production of Old Tawny Port, as it is tradition of Portuguese families. Their range of Port wines includes White, Tawny, Ruby & 10, 20, 30 and 40 years old Port, presenting Moscatel as well. Bottled into charming & modern bottles, their premium wines have been distinguished in several wine competitions, most recently in China. Martha´s Port Tawny DOC Decanter was distinguished in November of 2012, in Beijing, with a Gold Award in the Top 100 Wines Evaluation of 2012 from Wine in China magazine. Keeping up with their tradition and extensive experience, the Martha’s family has just refreshed their production infrastructures and brand image to prepare for another two centuries of successful history.