Quinta da Marmeleira wines, owned by Macau businessman Wu Zhiwei in Portugal, were bottled for the first time in August and are expected to arrive on the market soon, including in Macau.
Owner of Tin Min Jade, which invests in construction, real estate, and tea, among other businesses, Wu bought Quinta da Marmeleira, outside Lisbon, in 2016 and, in an interview with the latest issue of Macao Magazine, reveals ambitious plans for this venture, including the construction of a winery, to be completed by 2019, and also tourism.
“Our concern is to find the ideal flavour. We want to make quality wine, not wine specific for a market. I hope the wine will not be accepted only in the Chinese market,” says Wu, who is also a Portuguese citizen and, since May, a member of the board of directors of the Luso-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
In order to determine its quality, the wine has undergone a maturation process, since the harvest 3 years ago, including in wooden barrels, in recent years, under the direction of a Portuguese oenologist.
“If money were the most important thing, we would have bottled it two years ago,” said Wu, himself a wine connoisseur who entered this business for pleasure but with ambitions.
With a few dozen hectares, Quinta da Marmeleira has vineyards producing Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and Alicante Bouschet grapes, among others, and has a history of producing prize-winning wines that the Wu team is now looking to recover and continue.
The initial production of 60,000 bottles will reach the market with three different brands, for specific segments – one for the top segment and the other for the middle segment, with different combinations of grape varieties.
The wines will be available in Portugal, but the producer expects that the main markets will be Macau and mainland China.
Production is expected to increase and investments will continue in the coming years, with Wu Zhiwei telling Macao Magazine he was doing everything possible to make this wine business successful. (macauhub)