Araújo Monte, Lda is Portugal’s first commercial cidery for the country that borders Spain and its million of Sidra drinking fans.
Marlene Sofia Sousa Araújo whom I speak to in this chat, with the help of Anzu Fernandez as translator, was trained to be a scientist. When she and Patrícia Araújo Monte entered into a contest for entrepreneurs and decided to look at making cider as part of this project, they had no idea that they would win. With the winnings they received basic infrastructure to help launch the cidery along with help for specialist such as enologist (winemakers). Today the cidery has three partners, Marlene, Patrícia and Pedro Miguel Bravo de Faria
Marlene has been making cider since 2011. She received her degree in Biotechnology at Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo [IPVC] thinking she was in the world of science as a career. Suffice to say, she didn’t plan on becoming a cidermaker.
Araújo Monte, Lda is a costal cidery. They are currently using all sorts of apples and are trying to distinguish which ones create the correct blend. Currently the main apples used are culinary or table apples.
The cidery uses steel tanks. With winemaking so prominent in Portugal they use wine yeast.
The first cider they made is called Corrupia 6.0% alcohol by volume
Since I spoke to Marlene they now have a new cider on the market called “Cider Sparkling Corrupia” (7.0%)
Who are the cider drinkers in Portugal?
That remains to be seen who will be the cider drinkers in Portugal. Right now they are looking to the drinkers who look outside of the box. Attending the International Hall of Gala Ciders was one of the key reasons why Marlene and Patrícia traveled to Asturias so that they could get a better understanding of the market worldwide. The Portuguese wine cultural is dominant and Araújo Monte has a big task ahead of them win over their country’s thirst.
Who governs cider in Portugal?
It falls under the wine label…sort of. Right now it looks like
Araújo Monte really doesn’t have any limitations because they are setting the standard in Portugal for cider.
There are no limitation on the alcohol level because it is the first cidery in Portugal.
Contact info for Araújo Monte
Old Cooperative of Estorãos
Place of Tenães
Nº 5 4990-590 Estorãos -bridge From Lima
Where can their cider be found, besides going to Araújo Monte.
- Shops in Lisbon
- Bridge from Lima
- Viana do Castelo
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