On the immense map of the Douro, there is a small point that marks 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. there that, a decade ago, Pedro Garcias, a journalist and wine critic, started to design his own wine project, called MAPA, with the purchase of the first lands. Currently, the farm consists of two farms, with a vineyard area of about 30 hectares.
In 2009, the first wine was made, a red wine made in a mill, with foot treading, and a 20-month aging in new French oak barrels. In 2010, white appeared, vinified in stainless steel and without any contact with wood, to preserve the primary aromas of the grapes and their freshness and minerality.
In 2015, Quinta de S. Bento was acquired, which is located in Favaios, Alijó, in the heart of the Alto Douro Wine Region World Heritage Site, more precisely in the Cima Corgo sub-region. This property has an area of vineyard planted of about 2.5 hectares and several types of fruit trees arranged in surrounds. It has 3 granite presses, a warehouse for wine aging, both in wooden barrels and stainless steel vats.
The aim of this family project is to produce quality wines linked to the land, using only Douro grape varieties and reflecting 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 traditional olive groves treated organically, without the use of any chemical product. The quantities are also reduced.