The passion of Jorge Böhm for Portugal has a long history. It was in 1961 that he first came to Portugal as a student aboard the windjammer Prosper d'Étel, an old refurbished tuna fishing boat. By 1969 he had become the largest importer of Portuguese wines in Germany, and he visited Portugal regularly. In 1976, Jorge Böhm became the first foreigner to create a wine export firm in post-revolutionary Portugal, and it was only a few years later that he submitted a proposal to the Portuguese government on the breeding and certification of grapevine material.
Professional work in viticulture must be based on solid technical expertise, which often has to be renewed and developed further in persistent pursuit of even better alternatives. Quinta da PLANSEL stands firmly behind constantly promoting exchanges of experience within the spheres of international scientific progress and cultural excellence. By the same token, it remains outspoken against the lack of tolerance for innovative ideas, particularly in respect of attempts to preserve elitist academic approaches in this scientific and professional discipline. As a result of our targeted efforts, our grapevine varieties were the first to be officially recognized in Portugal, and have also gained certified recognition in advanced wine-growing countries in the new world of wine. The reason is simple: The grapevines achieve a high standard of sanitary selection, and the quality of the wine produced as a result is particularly good. One constant source of motivation and enthusiasm for us and our customers is the good performance of the reference grapevine varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca in international competition. Apart from our strong sense of professional commitment, we have always focused on creating as much employment as possible. PLANSEL has been the largest single employer in Montemor for the last 25 years.
When importing Portuguese wines in the 1970s, it was obvious that there were some table wines, normally produced in small quantities, which were of excellent quality. The quality of wines subsequently purchased in bulk, however, was lower.
When Portuguese wines were imported in the 1970s, it was evident that there were some table wines that were normally produced in small quantities and that were of excellent quality. However, the quality of the wines purchased in large quantities was lower. The research in the Department of Viticulture of the Geisenheim Research Center found the cause. Closer examination revealed that virus-infected rhizome from France caused degeneration of Portuguese grape varieties. Since the old varieties gave little yield (clonal or mass selection), they simply had not been planted. The planting of traditional grape varieties was no longer profitable for the winemaker and replaced them with high-yielding varieties. This situation was the trigger for an economically viable business idea. In cooperation with the University of Geisenheim, the University of Évora and the National Agricultural Research Station in Oeiras, Jorge Böhm dedicated himself to the certification of traditional indigenous Portuguese grape varieties. Today it is fair to say that basic research in the 1980s on viticulture also contributed to the later success of the wines produced in Quinta da PLANSEL in Portugal and abroad.
Since Dorina's arrival in Portugal in 1992, she has devoted herself to her passion and energy for the Portuguese indigenous grape varieties in order to make them internationally known.
In 2001, she became the first Portuguese winemaker to vinify varietal wines (Monovarieatels). Similar to France, only cuvées, mostly from mixed crayfish in the vineyard, were known until then.
Their first varietal wine was 100% Touriga Nacional and was launched under the Plansel brand, after which they vinified a varietal Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca. More noble grape varieties followed...
As already predicted by her father, these grape varieties could assert themselves years later as a pilot grape varieties, as unfortunately recognized only late the incredible taste potential of these wines.
With the oenological research in her nursery Viveiros, also based in Montemor-o-Novo, Dorina Lindemann has managed to find the optimal grape varieties for each terroir and thus lay the foundation for wines of the international top class.
The vineyard is always top priority at Dorina. "Only those who try to implement their philosophy directly in the vineyard will succeed in the development of the grapes later on".
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