Magnum – Carlos Lucas Vinhos

Meet the hero of Dão winemaking


Magnum – Carlos Lucas Vinhos was founded in 2011 at Quinta do Ribeiro Santo, in the Dão region. The man behind the wine, from whom the winery takes its name, was born in Coimbra but has always been connected to Dão. A man of the land, a modern farmer, Carlos Lucas has more than 25 years of experience in winemaking, having plied his craft in Montpellier, Piemonte, Priorat, Vale de S. Francisco and elsewhere.

He started his own estate 15 years ago, on an ancient property once owned by the local priest. A stream encircles this quaint vineyard, protecting it from the vast neighbouring pine, eucalyptus and oak forest. It surrounds the poor granite soils, perfect for viticulture, and has given it the name “Quinta do Ribeiro Santo” which means “Holy River Estate”.

Grapes are harvested by hand in the second week of September, according to a careful selection of the best grapes in the vineyard. They are completely de-stemmed to small stainless-steel tanks, where they macerate for 24 hour at low temperature before starting fermentation. The fermentation lasts for 12 days, with gentle pumping for good extraction of colour and aromas, then transferred to stainless steel vats.

The geography of Magnum extends to the Alentejo, Vinho Verde and Douro regions, and recently strengthened its presence in Dão by acquiring Quinta de Santa Maria, in Cabanas de Viriato. This latter vineyard boasts 10 hectares of 20-year-old vines planted with Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen grape varieties. 

Through his efforts and those of his young team, Carlos has been instrumental in bringing the international spotlight to the Dão region, securing many prestigious awards along the way, including “Best Winemaker” by the magazine Revista dos Vinhos and the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture’s 2014 award. He has also championed local varieties including Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinto Cão and Encruzado. Today, Carlos keeps his nose in the wines and his hands in the vineyards, constantly innovating and updating the portfolio. 

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