Venâncio da Costa Lima is one of the oldest wineries in the Palmela region, beginning its activity in 1914.
Still a family business, this winery is already in its fourth generation.
Always striving to perfect the art of winemaking, our journey has involved constant technological modernization, enabling the quality of our wines to evolve.
Recently recognized as producer of the Best Muscat in the World (Muscats du Monde 2011), our winery has invested in its portfolio, image and notoriety, working daily to build a company that is current and competitive.
Winery Philosophy: As a wine producer, we try to produce wines that are current and modern, but always display the profile and characteristics of a wine from this region.
Venâncio da Costa Lima was born in 1892 in the town of Quinta do Anjo, at the heart of a modest family. His mother died when he was very young and he was raised by his aunt and uncle, on a farm. Due to his father’s profession (a butcher), Venâncio’s first job was as a livestock tradesman to the region’s butcheries. He quickly diversified his business, trading essentially in agricultural products.
In 1914 he founded the Casa Agrícola Venâncio da Costa Lima, in Quinta do Anjo. Primarily focused on selling wine, olive oil and grain, the firm later specialised exclusively in the production and sale of wine. Between the 1930’s and 1950’s, Venâncio da Costa Lima was the second largest wine producer in the region.
During his lifetime, he became a highly recognized and esteemed person in the region, occupying the following positions:
- Chief-leader of the Quinta do Anjo township
- Councilman of the Setúbal Municipality
- Mayor of Palmela (1937-1946), carrying out remarkable work for the Council
- Owner in the Agricultural and Restaurant industries
He died on November 1st 1956, at the age of 64. This being the date for the local celebrations in the town where he was born, that year they were cancelled entirely due to the great dismay that his death provoked in the region.
Because he was childless, Venâncio bequeathed the winery to his six nieces and nephews who, from that time on, specialized in this region´s wines (Moscatel, red and white). Having passed through four generations, this winery remains a family business, managing 3 million liters annually.
It is currently in an investment phase, rebuilding the entire production area.
Recently recognised as producer of the "Best Muscat in the World "- Muscats du Monde 2011, this company has projected its name on a large scale and works daily towards producing the best wines in the region.
Varietals Produced: Castelão (a.k.a. Periquita), Aragonez, Setúbal Muscat, Fernão Pires,
Winemaker: Fausto Lourenço
The winery is located in the town of Palmella.
A land of contrasts, Palmela's municipality stretches for 460 square kilometers, from the Arrábida Natural Park to the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve.
Most of this region’s history is deeply connected to vineyards and wine. The wine culture has been present here since the beginning of time, due to the region fulfilling the proper soil and climatic conditions to produce a great variety of wines. The village of Palmela, which received its first charter in 1185 (granted by King Afonso Henriques), was already frequently cited due to the region’s vineyards and wine, thereby affirming its importance and notoriety.
Located in Quinta do Anjo, at the foot of the Louro mountain range, Venâncio da Costa Lima is one of the area’s oldest companies. A village with strong rural traditions, Quinta do Anjo is known as a land of good cheese, bread and wine. Here, wine is a great excuse to get to know traditional people, knowledge and flavors.
Most of the producers of the famous Azeitão cheese, a product of unequalled speciality, are based in this village, as are the producers of the superb goat’s butter. Homemade bread baked in wood-fired ovens is also made here; very popular and ideal to accompany the famous cheese.
Land of flavors and delicacies, this region is undeniably a pleasure for the palate!