Team

SOALHEIRO TEAM… TEAM WITH DNA

They were born and grew up with a passion for vines and wines

We are proud to say that the Soalheiro Team have all taken it upon themselves to pursue the values of innovation, unconventionality, responsibility and excellence, contributing to the continuous, sound development of Soalheiro. It was a passion for vines and wines that brought them together and it is the respect for our Terroir that fulfills them.

The appreciation of each member of the Soalheiro Team and the respect for their individual strengths makes them a strong, cohesive team. A multidisciplinary, proactive and highly motivated team with whom Soalheiro treads the path towards new challenges, to attain national and international recognition. From its pioneering creation by João António Cerdeira in 1982 in Melgaço, to this day, its focus on quality has always been present, together with a determination to improve with each harvest.

But Soalheiro’s commitment extends to its partners, with the goal of bringing prosperity to the region’s agriculture and to the local economy, based on a professional organic viticulture, which supplements family incomes.

MARIA PALMIRA CERDEIRA

cheerful, dynamic and wholehearted – the MOTHER 

MARIA PALMIRA CERDEIRA

cheerful, dynamic and wholehearted – the MOTHER

The heart and soul of Soalheiro, Maria Palmira Cerdeira was there at the inception of this project. Co-founder of the brand, her cheerfulness and vitality infects everyone around her. She has coordinated the winery on a daily basis for several years and, being a Primary School Teacher by training, she has a way with words when she explains all the details of Soalheiro and its history.

Anyone who is privileged enough to be welcomed by her will feel the soul of our terroir like no-one else. It is always with pleasure that the family matriarch steers visitors on a tour of discovery of the Monção and Melgaço terroir and provides them with a special experience at every point of the visit.

She is attentive and wholehearted, and actively participates in the development of every aspect of life at Soalheiro. Her expert opinion is highly respected and valued by the whole team and there's no-one better than Mother to name one of our most iconic wines: Terramatter (meaning Mother Earth).

ANTÓNIO LUÍS CERDEIRA

thorough, persistent and organised, always in high spirits and keen to innovate 

ANTÓNIO LUÍS CERDEIRA

thorough, persistent and organised, always in high spirits and keen to innovate

António Luís Cerdeira was born in Melgaço into the world of vines and wines. He has a profound knowledge of Alvarinho, and is currently manager and winemaker at Soalheiro, a role he performs with passion and joy. With his spontaneous smile, he feels the winery and Soalheiro like nobody else.

He was two when his father, with the help of his grandfather, planted the first Alvarinho continuous vine in 1974. Son of the founders, his deep attachment to viticulture since childhood steered him to the Oenology course at UTAD, from which he graduated in 1994. After his traineeship in Burgundy and despite being at his father's side for as long as he can remember, it was in that year that he made his first harvest as a winemaker.

A restless learner, always keen to improve, he is an inspiring cornerstone in the creation of new Soalheiro wines. An inquisitive man, always thirsty for innovation, training for him must be a continuous and consistent process. He participates in tastings, visits and hands-on courses, and encourages the Soalheiro Team to follow suit, in the pursuit of quality and differentiation.

MARIA JOÃO CERDEIRA

determined, persistent and creative 

MARIA JOÃO CERDEIRA

determined, persistent and creative

A lover of nature, Maria João Cerdeira was born to the vine, the land, the winery, the animals, the fauna and the flora. She is currently the manager of the Soalheiro vineyard, a project she fully embraced, in 2004, when she had the whole vineyard at Quinta de Soalheiro certified for organic farming, advocating sustainable viticulture, based on a respect for the soil, the plants and man.

At the same time, in 2007, Quinta de Folga was set up to bring out the irresistible flavour of the Melgaço traditional smoked meats. There, the Bísara breed of livestock is reared outdoors and everything they grow bears the real flavour of the earth.

But the passion of the founders’ daughter goes beyond the vine. When the time to enter university came, she opted for another of her great passions: veterinary medicine. She graduated in 1999 and, together with her husband, she set up the Melgaço Veterinary Clinic, and the Arbo Veterinary Centre in Galicia. This is a project to which she devotes herself with dedication, commitment and gusto.

LÚCIA BARBOSA

efficient, responsible and cheerful 

LÚCIA BARBOSA

efficient, responsible and cheerful

Thorough and demanding, Lúcia Barbosa was born in Melgaço, like the other team members, and her passion for the land and the wines makes her the ideal ambassador for Soalheiro. As the winemaker’s right hand person, her insatiable thirst for learning and her great team spirit make her a natural coordinator of the winery work.

She is currently responsible for the Winery Production and explains the essence of each version of Soalheiro with love and expertise.

She has a degree in Agricultural Engineering completed in 2005 at UTAD, and she continued to develop professionally. In 2009, she completed a Post-Graduate course in Wine Marketing at IPVC, and in 2011, another Post-Graduate course in Oenology at the Portuguese Catholic University.

JORGE ESTEVES

demanding, thorough and optimistic 

JORGE ESTEVES

demanding, thorough and optimistic

A thorough number cruncher, Jorge Esteves is the linchpin in accounting and financial management. With a degree in Business Management (2001), he exudes an image of responsibility and high standards.

However, he soon also became enthralled by gastronomy and wines. He passionately acquired practical knowledge which makes him a staunch ambassador for Soalheiro, detailing with dedication its different profiles. As time went by, his passion for wines turned into a solid certainty.

MARGARIDA FERNANDES

efficient, expeditious and talkative 

MARGARIDA FERNANDES

efficient, expeditious and talkative

Hard working and always keen to learn, Margarida Fernandes is the youngest member of the team. She graduated in the area of health, but her love of Melgaço brought her back to her roots to enthusiastically join our team.

She learned quickly and thoroughly how to tell the story of each version at Soalheiro. Our newest ambassador organizes Wine Tourism and provides administrative support.

DANIEL ALVES

inquisitive, thorough and talkative 

DANIEL ALVES

inquisitive, thorough and talkative

Inquisitive and talkative, Daniel Alves has acquired practical knowledge that makes him an excellent ambassador for Soalheiro. He describes the stages of wine-making and the different wine profiles with a precision and ease that captivates his listeners.

He carries out all winery operations methodically and thoroughly, and his expertise in wine-making equipment is an added value for the team.

But his inquisitiveness has also led him to another passion: the discovery of wine tasting.

SARA CANAIS

cheerful, perceptive and thorough 

SARA CANAIS

cheerful, perceptive and thorough

Committed and exacting, Sara Canais spends most of her days at the winery. But her perceptiveness quickly led her to learn how to handle the most complex labelling equipment.

Born and bred in Melgaço, she is the perfect ambassador for the region and the gastronomic traditions of our land, and this led her to join the Wine Tourism team.

She faces every day with a great deal of rigour, but her joy and enthusiasm never diminishes.

EDMUNDO VASQUES

restless, expeditious and inventive 

EDMUNDO VASQUES

restless, expeditious and inventive

It is at the Quinta de Soalheiro winery that Edmundo Vasques spends the most part of his days. He carries out all his tasks thoroughly and creatively, with passion and devotion.

But if you’d like to taste a special lamprey dish, Edmundo will prepare it like no-one else. passion for gastronomy, he will experiment with some really special lamprey recipes. And it’s not just any lamprey - he catches it himself. Yet another passion he indulges in his free time.

LUÍS GONÇALVES

thorough and focused 

LUÍS GONÇALVES

thorough and focused

The vine and the wine are part of his background, so he gladly splits his time between the vineyard and the winery. He is very knowledgeable about wine making, so performs his job thoroughly and accurately.

A man of few words, Luís Gonçalves stands out for his rigour and exactness. These are fundamental traits which, coupled to his deep focus, make him the indispensable man behind the sealing of the bottles, a minute, detailed job that distinguishes our brand.

FLÁVIO ESTEVES

amusing and fun 

FLÁVIO ESTEVES

amusing and fun

The atmosphere at Soalheiro is always more relaxed, cheerful and fun, when Flávio is around. His great infectious sense of humour permeates the entire winery. He is an excellent storyteller and his positive energy infuses the whole team with vitality.

A jack of all trades, proactive and skillful, he divides his time between the vineyard and the winery, also providing support to equipment maintenance and servicing.

He is a lover of nature and animals.

MARTA CALDAS

Divertida, espontânea, empenhada 

MARTA CALDAS

Divertida, espontânea, empenhada

Espontânea e divertida, Marta Caldas ingressa no Soalheiro Team para dar a cara no Enoturismo e na comunicação do dia a dia. Comunicativa, empenhada e trabalhadora rapidamente “vestiu a camisola” e explica os detalhes do terroir e da adega com paixão e entrega.

O Alvarinho é a sua paixão e isso sente-se em cada visita.

MÓNICA COSTA

Criativa, original, comunicativa 

MÓNICA COSTA

Criativa, original, comunicativa

A criatividade e originalidade da Mónica Costa, fazem de cada prova um momento diferente. Inspira-se nos detalhes e vive a paixão pelo terroir.

Uma das caras do nosso Enoturismo, gosta de falar com as pessoas e transmitir a boa disposição Soalheiro. Afinal, ela “acredita em quem diz que é fácil ser feliz!”

SUSANA FERREIRA

Cuidadosa, afetiva, gosta de explicar os detalhes 

SUSANA FERREIRA

Cuidadosa, afetiva, gosta de explicar os detalhes

Quem chega à receção da nossa adega, tem o prazer de conhecer a Susana Ferreira. De perfil inicial um pouco reservado, quando a conhecer vai-se surpreender. De forma carinhosa e afetiva explica todos os detalhes dos diferentes perfis de Soalheiro.

TIAGO RODRIGUES

Alegre, dinâmico e responsável 

TIAGO RODRIGUES

Alegre, dinâmico e responsável

Com o entusiamo jovem que o carateriza, Tiago Rodrigues integra a nossa equipa da Vinha. Alegre e dinâmico, procura sempre responder a todas as solicitações de sorriso no rosto.

O seu empenho demonstra todo o seu espírito Soalheiro.

RAFAEL FERNANDES

Empenhado, divertido e cuidadoso 

RAFAEL FERNANDES

Empenhado, divertido e cuidadoso

Trabalhador e empenhado, o Rafael Fernandes gosta de colocar as mãos na terra. Por isso, a vinha é onde se sente realizado.

Divertido, trabalhador e empenhado está atento aos pormenores e cuida, com a restante equipa, de todos os detalhes do nosso terroir.

ANTÓNIO CERQUEIRA

Responsável, metódico, com sentido de humor 

ANTÓNIO CERQUEIRA

Responsável, metódico, com sentido de humor

Sempre atento e organizado, António Cerqueira vive a vinha de alma e coração. Com rigor, organiza o trabalho diário e garante que nada foge ao planeado.

E é com o seu bom humor que contagia toda a equipa.

MAURÍCIO FERREIRA

 

MAURÍCIO FERREIRA

Foi com enorme vontade de aprender, que Maurício Ferreira integrou o Soalheiro Team.

Na logística agarra qualquer desafio com entusiasmo e dedicação. Não há tarefa que o assuste.