People

Hans Kristian Jorgensen

Hans K 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.

Carrie Jorgensen

Carrie Jorgensen

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.

Hamilton Reis

Hamilton Reis
Head Winemaker

Tel. 284 460 066

Skype hamilton.cortesdecima

Email hamilton@cortesdecima.pt

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.

Hugo Almeida

Hugo Almeida

Winemaker

Tel. 284 460 066

Skype hugo.cortesdecima

Email hugo@cortesdecima.pt

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.

Edgar Gomes

Head Viticulturist

Tel. 961 549 475

Skype edgar.cortesdecima

Email edgar@cortesdecima.pt

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.

João Raposeira

Viticultor

Tel. 915 118 478

Skype joao.cortesdecima

Email joao@cortesdecima.pt

José Eduardo Jorge Silva

Jose Eduardo

Accounting & IT Manager

Tel. 284 460 067

Skype jose.cortesdecima

Email jose@cortesdecima.pt

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.

Patrícia Guerreiro

Patrícia Guerreiro

Office Manager and Accounts

Tel. 284 460 069

Email patricia@cortesdecima.pt

Sara Amado

Sara Amado Dias

Sales/Marketing Assistant

Tel. 284 460 062

Skype sara.cortesdecima

Email sara@cortesdecima.pt

Cristina Ferrão

Cristina Ferrão

Asst Winemaker

Tel. 284 460 066

Skype cristina.cortesdecima

Email cristina@cortesdecima.pt

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.

Helena Sardinha

Helena Sardinha

Asst Winemaker

Tel. 284 460 066

Skype helena.cortesdecima

Email helena@cortesdecima.pt

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

Sérgio Fialho Cândido

Logistics

Tel. 284 460 061

Skype sergio.cortesdecima

Email sergio@cortesdecima.pt

Bjarne Otto

Chef Bjarne Otto

Danish Chef

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.

Nuno Borges

Nuno Borges

Press releases and publicity

Anna Sofie Blincoe

Anna Sofie Blincoe

Artist

Karen´s daughter Anna paints the beautiful illustrations used on our labels. She´s a successful fine artist living in Copenhagen.

Karen Sofie Blincoe

Karen Sofie Blincoe

Designer

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.

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Chaminé Branco

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Herbaceous crispness with a final burst of acidity.
A blend of local and international varieties from our cool Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards.

Cortes de Cima Branco

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A barrel aged blend of local and international varieties grown on our cool Atlantic coastal vineyards and in the warmer Alentejan interior.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A 100% Sauvignon Blanc produced exclusively from grapes grown at our new coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes on the Alentejan coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean.

Courela

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Fresh, light bodied and easy drinking. With intense ruby colours and attractive ripe berry character. A fresh and young wine that is ready for immediate drinking.

The name Courela originates from one of our vineyard plots – Courela dos Pageis, and translates as ‘a strip of cultivated land’.

Chaminé

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This is our most popular wine, boasting a consistent track record. A juicy, ripe, easy drinking wine, bottled early, usually within 6 months of harvest time and without any oak ageing. Best drunk young, but will improve with short term cellaring. Mainly Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Syrah, blended with other Portuguese varieties.

The name Chaminé (pronounced: sha-min-E; translation: chimney) originates from one of our vineyard plots – Chaminé de Gião

Cortes de Cima

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Our flagship wine. Full bodied blend with ripe, silky tannins.

Syrah

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Ripe rich fruit with some earth and spice.
In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals.

Aragonez

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Outstanding tannins with aromas of red berry fruits.

Known as Tempranillo in Spain, and Tinta Roriz in the north of Portugal. Always an elegant wine, it has richness with structure and outstanding tannins, which impart a good ageing ability.


Trincadeira

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One of the more common indigenous varieties in Southern Portugal, characterized by fruit, and low tannins.


Petit Verdot

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Intense concentration, strong tannins, aromatic complexity with a refreshing natural acidity.

One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.


Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

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A special commemorative 100% Syrah launched for the bicentennial of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Elegant with a soft, long finish.

In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals. Starting with the entry level is our popular ‘Cortes de Cima Syrah’, which is bottled every vintage. Next, we move up a notch both in concentration and quality, to the mid-level range – ‘Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen’, bottled in most vintages. We culminate at the top, with our reserve quality labeling, the iconic ‘Incógnito’, only bottled in exceptional years.


Touriga Nacional

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Lifted violet and dark berry fruit aromatics, elegant intense and long palate.

Best known as one of the 5 main varieties used for Port wine, further south here in the Alentejo it’s fruit develops a highly floral and aromatic character. It is a low producer, with both small bunches and berries.

Previous vintages have won numerous gold medals and trophies, including IWC Best Portuguese Red Trophy (2005), IWC Touriga Trophy (2003), and the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine List (2002).


Incógnito

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Bold, superb balance and sumptuous finish. The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo.


Reserva

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The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.

This is the star of our range, only produced in limited quantities and in exceptional years. A full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties, barrel aged for 12 months in new oak barrels. The wine is finely structured, with a feeling of restrained power.

Previous vintages have always scored +90 Parker Points.


Olive Oil

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Our Olive Oil is produced from our own olive trees, which are from the Portuguese variety, Cobrançosa, planted shortly after our arrival to Cortes de Cima in 1988. As with our vineyards, our olivegroves are accredited under a sustainable program called ‘Integrated Protection’, which limits and regulates the use of chemicals.


Vinegar

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Created from pure red wine from the Portuguese Touriga Nacional variety. Aged for 5 years in American oak barrels.


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