In the huge map of the Douro, there is a small point that delimits an old dream. It is in the village of Muxagata, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the Douro Superior sub-region, where some of the best Portuguese wines are produced. It was there that, a decade ago, Pedro Garcias, journalist and wine critic, began to design the project of his own wine, named MAPA, with the purchase of the first lands. The farm currently consists of two farms, with a vineyard area of about 30 hectares.
In 2009, the first wine was made, a red wine vinified in wine press, with footsteps, and aging for 20 months in new French oak barrels. In 2010 came the white, vinified in stainless steel and without any contact with wood, to preserve the primary aromas of grapes and their freshness and minerality.
Already in 2015 was acquired Quinta de S. Bento, which is located in Favaios, Alijó, in the heart of the Alto Douro Wine World Heritage, more precisely in the Cima Corgo sub-region. This property has a planted vineyard area of about 2.5 hectares and various types of fruit trees arranged in surrounds. It has 3 granite mills, a warehouse for wine aging, both in wooden barrels and stainless steel vats.
The aim of this family project is to produce quality, earth-bound wines using only Douro grape varieties that reflect the diversity and richness of the place. For this reason, in each harvest, the number of bottles produced will always be limited.
The project also includes the production of a gourmet olive oil from traditionally treated organic olive groves, without any chemical use. The quantities are also reduced.