Hans Kristian Jorgensen
Winegrower and Senior Winemaker
Both the Grapegrower and Senior Winemaker at Cortes de Cima. Born in Skals, Denmark, he took his degree in mechanical engineering before leaving his native country for the East, and spent the next 23 years in Malaysia as engineer for a Danish plantation company, United Plantations. There he worked with a great variety of tropical commodities, including palm oil, coconut oil, cocoa and tea. While in Malaysia, Hans followed the company tradition of flying, private airplanes being the best means of getting around plantations surrounded by tropical jungle. He keeps this tradition alive at Cortes de Cima, using his RV7 aircraft for aerial observation and visiting his vineyards.
Marketing and PR
Responsible for Administration and Marketing. A Californian born girl, Carrie grew up in the San Francisco bay area, and studied Economics at UC Berkeley, before moving to Malaysia where she met Hans. Since the early days of Cortes de Cima she has been actively involved in both production and sales of first our horticulture products, and later our wines and olive oil.
Tel. 284 460 066
Born in Porto, in 1998 he graduated from Technical Engineering of Agricultural Production in the School of Agriculture Beja. A degree in Microbiology in 2005 and 2009 to graduate in Viticulture and Enology, both in the School of Biotechnology, Portuguese Catholic University.
The first contact with the professional world of wine occurred in 1999, being responsible in the event, purchase and sale of wine in a distribution company in the North department. In 2004 starts the professional activity in production, having performed several vintages in Portugal, also accumulated experiences of international work. In 2006 enters the frames of Oenology of Cortes de Cima in 2008 assumed leadership of Oenology of the company, a position he plays up to today.
Tel. 284 460 066
I grew up in Santa Maria da Feira, where most of the cork factories are located. From knowing the secrets of making a perfect cork stopper I grew a passion for wine precociously.
I graduated in Enology by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in 2001. For some years I worked in Trás-os-Montes and Estremadura, where I helped to produce some of the best white, red and Port wines of the region. I recently arrived in Alentejo, where I’m willing to help produce some of the best national wines. The winery is my natural habitat. I feel really privileged to exercise my true calling.
Tel. 961 549 475
I was born in Alentejo, in the beautiful city of Beja, and I have always been tied to agriculture. I started my studies with the course of agricultural management. As I felt that this was my future, I decided after to get graduated in Agricultural Engineering.
Since 2008 that I´m part of the Cortes de Cima team, working in the agriculture department. Here I help to apply environmentally friendly and sustainable agriculture practices. It was with this purpose and to better respond to these challenge that I took recently a Masters in Integrated Production.
Tel. 915 118 478
José Eduardo Jorge Silva
Accounting & IT Manager
Tel. 284 460 067
I was born in the mid 60′s, falling in love with the music of the era. I am staunch supporter of new technologies and the use of the Internet, both as a work tool and as a leisure activity. I love to travel, eat and drink well; and above all, I love to be an ambassador of Portugal by spreading the word as to what we have to offer. I like to share those things that one could consider priceless and which make the Portuguese a separate breed: the capability to welcome people with true friendliness and open arms.
Office Manager and Accounts
Tel. 284 460 069
Tel. 284 460 062
Tel. 284 460 066
I was born in Lisbon, but grew up in Sintra, that enchanting village listed as World Heritage. I used to say “When I grow up, I want to be a pharmacist or a doctor!”, but destiny (some say it was Bacchus himself!) proclaimed that I should walk towards the vineyards and meet the nectar of the gods. And so I graduated in Enology in the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. My graduation ‘internship’ was in Research and my first work as a winemaker assistant was in the north of Portugal in the region of ‘Vinho Verde’. But the dream was beyond those mountains and towards the plains… the Alentejan plains where so many special wines are born. And proudly I say that I belong to a team as special as the wines we make.
Tel. 284 460 066
I was born in Portalegre, but it was in Coruche that I grew up until I went to the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon, where I got graduated in Agronomic Engineer. Since then my interest by the Vitiviniculture subjects has always been growing, leading me to do tasting courses, different vintages and more recently a Post-Graduation in Wine business. I like to give my contribute to the Cortes de Cima wines and I feel sincere satisfaction when I taste and share the result of the dedicated, curious and ambitious work of all our team.
Sérgio Fialho Cândido
Tel. 284 460 061
Chef Bjarne Otto, has a long culinary history at renowned Copenhagen restaurants, such as Kong Frederik, Plaza Hotel, A Hereford Beefstow, Bregnerød Kro, and Restaurant Pinafore, Admiral Hotel (where he was co-owner/head chef in the 80s).
In 1992 he moved to Portugal, where he and his wife Gitte, ran their own restaurant (No Patio) in Lagos until 2005, achieving a listing in the Guide Michelin. He is now using his master skills to transform local alentejan ingredients into delectable wine and food pairing experiences at our winery tasting room.
Press releases and publicity
Anna Sofie Blincoe
Karen´s daughter Anna paints the beautiful illustrations used on our labels. She´s a successful fine artist living in Copenhagen.
Karen Sofie Blincoe
Anna´s mother Karen (and Han’s first cousin) has been our label designer from the beginning. Karen Blincoe is a designer, educationalist and environmentalist and the Founder and Creator of ICIS, the International Centre for Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability in Denmark. Karen is known nationally and internationally in the fields of design and education and was head of department for Visual Communication at Denmark’s Designskole, and Director of Schumacher College, Devon.