|Quality since 1859
Porto Calem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others.
Almost all Portuguese families know Porto Calem, as recognized market leader in this country, especially through its product ranges Velhotes Tawny, Ruby and White.
Founded in 1859, by Antonio Alves Calem, Porto Calem was by this time dedicated only to wine exports to Brazil in exchange of exotic woods and by means of its own fleet. In fact, those activities are still remembered today through Porto Calem brand logotype where a caravel stands for this proud history.
Porto Calem was kept in the family for four generations, always developing business around quality Port wines, from which resulted high recognition all over the world.
Today, and since 1998, Porto Calem is part of Sogevinus SGPS, S.A.
Sogevinus Group handles a large number of companies which address their activity to the production and trade of Port and D.O.C. Douro Wines. Also invests in vineyards to ensure high quality standards in the wines produced. Furthermore, it has interests in drinks distribution and manages several different tourism projects.
Porto Calem product range has granted along its history an outstanding number of prizes and awards, especially on the Premium Vintages, Late Bottled Vintages and Aged Tawny.
The first Vintage Port ever produced by Porto Calem was the Vintage Port 1870 and the initial awards include Medals from Bordeaux, Marseille and Brussels 1897 wine competitions.
From then on, Porto Calem Wines have won important awards in the most important international wine competitions from Portugal, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Slovene, USA and Japan. Latest examples include Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales for Porto Calem Vintage 2002, Best Port Wine Trophy for Porto Calem Vintage 2000 in International Wine & Spirit Competition, Best Fortified for Porto Calem 20 Years Old in Japan International Wine Challenge; Best in Class for Porto Calem Colheita 1989 in International Wine & Spirit Competition; Porto Calem Company of the Year in the Vinitaly 2005. Porto Calem Vintage 2003 as also won several Gold Medals in 2006, namely in Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Vino Ljubljana, Bacchus and Wine Masters Challenge.
Also in 2006, the rehabilitation of Calem cellars granted the award Best of Wine Tourism 2006”, in the category of Architecture, in S. Fancisco competition, USA.
This competition is promoted by the main wine capitals such as Porto, Bordeaux, Melbourne, S. Francisco, Bilbao, Florence, Mendoza and Cape Town, with the purpose of rewarding Excellency in the wine sector.
As part of a sustainable growth strategy, Porto Calem presents a formal Quality Management System according to the NP EN ISO 9001:2000, which was officially recognized in 2001 with a Certification diploma.
Commitment with product quality and continuous improvement, grants increasing satisfaction to Porto Calem clients, consumers, collaborators and stockholders.
The current market
Sales of Porto Calem reached more than 3.7 million bottles (750 ml) in 2005, maintaining a stock of about 8 million litres.
Porto Calem main market has always been Portugal, but exports have maintained a high significance along its history. The brand logotype - the caravel in which Port Calem was exported to Brazil - show exactly that importance. In 1880, Brazil represented 40% of total exports.
Today, European Union and North America show special relevance in Porto Calem exports, but it can be easily found in more than 30 countries and regions among which we can name Brazil, Puerto Rico, Eastern Europe and even New Zealand. It is also a recognized market leader in Denmark, France, Benelux and United Kingdom.
From the Douro to Gaia
Porto Calem benefits from the special attention given by the company to the production and crop of high quality grapes in the Douro region, especially in Cima Corgo and Douro Superior areas.
Known as the “Port Wine Cathedral”, we can find in these regions some of the best vines, the finest grape varietals and the most famous vineyard estates (“Quintas”).
Quinta do Arnozelo, the estate where Porto Calem grapes are grown, is set here. To grant our wines high quality standards, we furthermore have our Winemaking Centre (Sao Martinho da Anta) located in Douro. This way, we gather the best and most advanced technology in the field with the traditional high competence and experience on winemaking of the region.
After the winemaking process in Douro, the ageing of Porto Calem Wines takes place in the company cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Located in the Douro opposite margin of the Porto “Ribeira” (historical riverside of the city), next to D. Luiz I bridge, these cellars show perfect conditions to successfully age the Port Wines, as per their cool and dry air, and little light. This way, Porto Calem wines age in oak casks for years and years…
It is also in these cellars, that Porto Calem welcomes every year around 120.000 visitors and from where the Port Wines are exported to markets abroad.