Paulo Laureano

By Rui Falcão*


Since the mid-90s,Paulo Laureano has been recognised as one of the most prolific winemaking consultants in Alentejo. He is one of the most sought-after winemakers in the region, having collaborated with over thirty or so producers to create the majority of Alentejo’s most famous wines. He also spent some time leading the winemaking team at the renowned Mouchão winery.

Aside from these projects, Laureano also created his own wine in the Vidigueira sub region were he made the jump from the role of advisor to producer. From the start, he has always highlighted his support for the unique Portuguese grape varieties. Using the usual trio of red grape varieties such as Aragonês, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet and, Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro for white wines. With these grapes Laureano produced a wide range of modern wines, all distinct from one another.

Laureano has also received recognition for his efforts in recovering and identifying Tinta Grossa, an ancient grape variety that is becoming more popular in Alentejo. With this grape he has created the first varietal wine which is called the Paulo Laureano Tinta Grossa.






* Rui Falcão is a renowned Portuguese wine journalist, author and wine educator.  He is also a judge at several international wine competitions.