Portuguese Wine Specialists

This is the informal motto of independent Portuguese wine importers Xisto Wines ( pron. She ees toe. Xisto is the name of the slate and shale rocks on which many of the Portuguese vineyards are planted) When you talk to husband and wife team Anton Mann and Lela McTernan-Mann about what they do, you discover it’s all about the journey, the values, and doing things differently. “We want to lead people out of the super markets, encouraging them to be a little more thoughtful of the provenance of the contents as well as the bottle itself.

At the heart of it all is the import of great wine from Portugal. The promise of Xisto is that their wine is imported by the most sustainable route possible. “The journey to zero waste will always be imperfect,” says Anton, “but we do the best we possibly can.” And that includes, once the wine arrives in Bristol, running the delivery van on bio fuel – oil collected from local restaurants and taking the bottles back to refill them, even making tapas dishes from the empties.

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The Douro Wine Region

In the 17th century, the region's vineyards expanded, and the earliest known mention of "Port wine" dates from 1675. The Methuen Treaty between Portugal and England in 1703, and the subsequent establishment of many British Port lodges in Porto meant that Port wine became the primary product of the region, and it became economically very important to Portugal.

As part of the regulation of the production and trade of this valuable commodity, a royal Portuguese charter of 10 September 1756 defined the production region for Port wine. It thus became the world's first wine region to have a formal demarcation. The vineyards covered by this demaraction were situated in the western part of the present region. Later, the vineyards have progressively expanded to the east into hotter and drier areas.

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Harnessing the power of wind and sail to transport beautiful wine from Porto to Bristol on cargo sailing vessels, the wine on board brings a dimension of taste and vision that has been almost forgotten in our increasingly ‘on demand’, fast-living society.

The 32 meter schooner Tres Hombres has been sailing since December of 2009. She will maintain a shipping route for transport of cargo between Europe, the Islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and America. In addition to her capacity for 35 tons of cargo she has accommodation for a crew of five professional sailors and 10 trainees.

This brigantine is the prototype vessel for breaking open the market for sailing cargo and the best is…YOU can sail along with her!

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Bristol and Porto reunited in wine once again

For hundreds of years the city of Bristol and its Portuguese twin Porto have been joined through deep links, whether it be business, culture or similarities in Atlantic coastal locations.

However, one commodity that truly symbolises the bond is wine. This trade route began in the 17th century and, up until recently, remained a clear association between the two.

Now a new project called Port O’Bristol is being spearheaded by Bristol’s leading independent Portuguese wine importer Xisto Wines, which seeks to re-establish this relationship in a fully sustainable way that brings back the romance of both city’s original seafaring days.

These specially-selected wines are placed on vessels operated through the Tres Hombres ‘Fair Transport’ sailing collective and, in some cases, will have taken the return journey across the Atlantic Ocean to ensure they receive the full effect of engineless sea ageing.

Xisto Wines is proud to be one of the special guests taking part in an event hosted by pioneering Portuguese architects Skrei on the 26th of February, during which they will showcase the Port O’Bristol idea.

The event seeks to investigate and celebrate the vastness and closeness of time and how it impacts our every day lives and the team will be collaborating in a number of activities under this theme, including wine making and pinhole camera artwork.

Through adventures such as these, it is hoped that the links and bonds of wine will create new trade and new relationships for many years to come.

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We’re always happy to talk through our portuguese wines in more detail. So if you’d like to find out more information, please get in touch.

Email: info@xistowines.co.uk