His grandson Hugo truly appreciates his enthusiasm and support in the development of the “PINALTA” project. For his part, António, is pleased to see that his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to do more will continue in a younger generation. Still active with regard to harvesting and winemaking and with his firm hand in leading the Pinalta, it is ensured that the vineyards and the winery will continue to be managed in truth and ahead during many harvests.
The General Manager
Our fourth generation General Manager, Hugo Guimarães, is a proven leader and a “stick to the whole job” (Thank God, there is always something that will break down during the harvest, including his old Austin Mini). Hugo has always been fascinated by machines and remains an enthusiast for railways until today. Naturally, he studied Mechatronics Engineering, founded and chaired the Portuguese Mechatronics Association. An interested student, loves all the media … as well as red meat … and red wine!
The other side of this young man is the one who loves to be alone at Quinta no Douro, away from the stress and noise of city life … simply enjoying nature. Here he is able to appreciate nature, his girlfriend and his beautiful daughter, and contemplate his future life as a family man while developing a small brand dedicated to the production of high quality wines.
The Responsible for the Vineyard
Our man on the ground, Mr. Fernando Torres, belongs to a new generation of winegrowers who know how to reconcile the knowledge of their ancestors with new scientific methods and new technologies in the vineyard.
Mr. Fernando Torres also receives guidelines from the regulatory institutions of the Douro, Agricultural Engineers and, since 2011, from our Winemaker. Permanently on the ground, Fernando, is constantly attentive to the vineyard and ready to intervene in case of possible attacks by pests or diseases.
As part of the team in 2011, Hugo de Oliveira e Silva, graduated in Chemistry (2001), carried out a project in chemistry and wine analysis, through the development of a new rapid method of quantification of tartaric acid in table, fortified and wines.
Master in Chemistry (2004), studied the degradation and elimination of pesticides during the vinification of white wine. This was the first job as a winemaker, working in the Vinho Verde region.
Trainer and teacher in several areas of Chemistry and Oenology (2006 – present), in vocational schools and advanced courses.
Post-Graduation in Enology (2009), studying and carrying out various aspects of wine production and viticulture, also starting in marketing domains.
Hugo later resumed his winemaking career, working in several wine regions: Argentina (Mendoza, 2008); Douro region (2008 – 2010) and Alentejo (2009). Hugo experienced all kinds of tasks related to wine production, working as a laboratory technician, winery worker, maturation control and as an oenologist.
Since 2010, Hugo is also a doctoral student at the University of Porto (Viticulture branch), carrying out work on production control techniques and improving grape quality, working in the Bairrada region.
Hugo works as a winegrower and oenologist at HS Vinhos (created in 2010), collaborating as producers in the Douro and Beira Interior regions.
Researcher, Taster and sensory analysis technician at Escola Superior Biotecnologia (2004-2008), a research center dedicated to wine research. Hugo worked on a Madeira Wine Company project for three years, implementing new wine production technologies, identifying high impact aromatic compounds produced during aging, was involved in several other research projects (Madeira wine production; preparation wine tasting and sensory analysis sessions, aging of table wines and fortified wines, studies on the effect of irrigation on grape formation, bottle sealing, and portable solutions for maturation control).