Passagem wine comes from Quinta das Bandeiras, a 100 hectare property located in the Douro Superior right on the river near Pocinho, opposite the famous Vale Meão. Until Vale Meão became well known in its own right, its grapes went into producing Barca Velha, the Vega Sicilia of Portugal. So Bandeiras’s location couldn’t have been more perfect. Bought by the Bergqvist family (Quinta de la Rosa) in 2005, the wine is a joint venture between Jorge Moreira (Poeira) and the Bergqvist family.
Passagem means a journey or a crossing such as a railway crossing. There is an abandoned mountain railway line and crossing on the property that inspired the name. The local area is full of history of journeys and crossings…from the prehistoric times at Foz Coa (pre historic cave paintings) to Roman and medieval roads, the eighteenth century railway nearby and the now the fast road below us. And of course Jorge is exploring a new terroir which will produce very different wines in the Douro Superior.
We bought 9 hectares of old vines mixed planted with red and white port varieties. In 2005/06 we planted (mainly vertically) another 20 hectares of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca nearer the river. Although still young, these vines are now beginning to produce some excellent grape that will get only better. Jorge is very excited about the prospects here and believes with its aspect and location, it has potential for becoming one of the finest vineyards in the Douro Superior.
Jorge’s approach is to bring out the terroir of the Douro that is still largely unexplored. He believes in making wines with balance, harmony and equilibrium enabling the grapes to express themselves in the bottle. The Passagem wines in style will be full bodied and more intense, expressive with a generosity of flavours typical of the Douro Superior.
So far the wines have been well received by the press with:
Passagem Reserve 2013
91 pts Wine Advocate, 92 pts Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice, 90 pts Wine Spectator, Top 50 Wines of Portugal - Viniportugal
Passagem Reserva 2011
91 pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts Wine Spectator, 17 Revista dos Vinhos
Passagem Reserva 2010
93 pts Wine Enthusiast, 16.5 Revista dos Vinhos, 92 pts Falstaff Magazine
Passagem 2009 Grande Reserve Red
Launched in 2016 when ready for drinking. Best Wine of Portugal Essencia do Vinho 2017, Best Wine of Douro – blind tasted by Douro Wine makers and opinion makers June 2017
Passagem 2009 Reserve Red Wine
91 Pts CELLAR SELECTION Wine Enthusiast, 90 Pts Robert Parker, *** 3 Stars Decanter, Silver Medal International Wine Challenge, May 2012
Passagem 2008 Red Wine
94 Pts Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, Melhores do Douro – One of the best wines of Douro, Revista de Vinhos
Passagem 2007 Red Wine
95 pts Wine & Spirit Magazine, 90 pts Parker, Wine of the Day (Best of Tasting) El Mundo del Vino, 17.5 Revista dos Vinhos 17.5 points