Winemakers from Portugal’s Alentejo region interested in Angolan market

16 March 2010

Luanda, Angola, 16 March – Most of the winemakers from Portugal’s Alentejo region have Angola as one of their main export markets, along with Europe and Brazil according to statements from winemakers from the region speaking to Angolan news agency Angop.

The Alentejo region achieved a 44 percent share of the Portuguese market between February 2008 and January 2009 and in the period Portugal produced around 80 million litres of wine, according to winemaker and exporter to the Angolan market, João Portugal Ramos.

The owner of Adega J. Portugal Ramos said that the Angolan market was promising but needed to be more agile in terms of processing goods. The businessman made the statement based on the amount of goods he has awaiting processing in the port of Luanda.

Meanwhile, Alentejo-based winemaker Margarida Cabaço, owner of a 20 hectare winery that produces between 40 and 60,000 litres of red and white wine per year, told Angop that she would like to take part in the Luanda International Fair (Filda) and she was quite interested in exporting her wines to the Angolan market.

In his turn, Júlio Bastos, of Quinta do Carmo (Estremoz), also a winemaker and exporter to Brazil, said that he planned to expand his business to the Angolan market, although he was currently consolidating his position in the Brazilian market.

The chairman of the Nabeiro group, Manuel Rui Nabeiro, which has subsidiary of Cafés Delta in Angola, said that it would boost wine exports to Angola taking into account the investments made in the sector.

“The Nabeiro group has been exporting wines to Angola, but hopes to increase those quantities based on investments of around 6 million euros, recently made in a winery which currently produces 50,000 litres of wine per year,” he said.

The Alentejo region includes winemaking cooperatives such as Borba, Portalegre, Redondo, Reguengos, Vidigueira and Granja, which annually produce hundreds of thousands of litres of red and white wine. (macauhub)