More than a wine, an awakening of awareness of equal opportunities
Soalheiro : : Wine
Soalheiro Project Germinar 2019
From the work in the vineyard to the design of the label, Soalheiro Project Germinar reflects a global social integration project for young people and adults with intellectual and developmental difficulties. Sourced from a particular parcel of vines, Project Germinar presents an opportunity for personal, professional, and emotional development. The key driving force behind the project is António Matos who, besides being a wine producer, is also a Senior Social Worker. He monitors the young people working in the vineyards, always aware of their skills, ensuring their integration and growth. This wine is intense and complex, with a striking minerality, and can be drank young or aged over time.
Region: Vinho Verde DOC “Colheita Selecionada”
Alcohol (%): 12,5
Total Acidity (g/dm3): 7,0
Residual Sugar: Dry
Grape Varieties: Alvarinho
Volatile Acidity (g/dm3): 0,4
(The values are approximate)
Soalheiro Project Germinar is ideal for sharing with friends. It is versatile and makes a good match for a wide range of plates, such as seafood, poultry, creamy cheeses, cured meats, or Asian and Mediterranean gastronomies.
This wine has a bright, lemon-yellow colour. On the nose it is characterised by an elegant and fresh aroma. The flavour is complex with fruit and mineral notes that balance well with the moderate alcohol content.
The microclimate of Quinta Germinar has an Atlantic influence giving this wine its own personality with fruity and persistent aromas.
The grapes are harvested by hand at Quinta Germinar, with the labour contribution of young people under the guidance of António Matos. The objective of vinification is to obtain a wine that reflectsthe grapes' high quality, resulting in an intense, mineral, and complex wine. The wine ferments in stainless steel. Bâtonnage and maturation on the fine lees improve its structure before bottling.
The story of Project Germinar is one of awakening an awareness of equal opportunities. We created this wine with a strong sense of socio-professional integration. In this project, we involve the people from the Valença Branch of APPACDM (the Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Disabled Citizens) working in the vineyard to promote their personal, professional and emotional development, always bearing in mind their skills, adjusted to each individual profile.
The heart and soul of the project is António Matos, a grape-grower member of our Club of Producers – now named Quinta Germinar. For the project manager, “the work environment is a great vehicle, a catalyst for social participation, where we can feel integrated as part of something, co-builders of society/reality and ourselves, a place where there is a feeling of self-fulfilment” says António Matos. He points out that, “the aim of the project is to encourage this feeling to germinate in people”.