ABOUT US

Quinta dos Vales is a superb wine estate situated in the heart of the Western Algarve.

From very humble beginnings this 44 hectare estate is now considered one of the best wineries in the Algarve with recognition from international organizations and visitors coming from far and wide.

This boutique wine estate is a place full of surprises. There is plenty in store for those who wish to delve into the world of winemaking or simply enjoy a nice day out exploring the history and natural beauty of the grounds.

QUINTA DOS VALES

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EARLY YEARS

Quinta dos Vales as it is known today was founded in 2007 by Karl Heinz Stock, a recently-retired banker and real estate developer who wanted to bring his 2 passions together, wine and art. Throughout his life sculpting, principally with stone, was one of his favourite activities, and having lived in Portugal since 1996 he quickly fell in love with its wine as well. The target was simple, he wanted to produce the best wine of the Algarve. From the beginning the business model was clear, art and wine would be produced with no compromises, any decision of quality vs quantity would always be decided in favour of quality. And in order to allow this uncompromising (and economically damning approach) he would subsidize these 2 loss-making sectors with wine-tourism. Events, wine tastings and accommodation can be operated as very profitable business sectors, especially in a region such as the Algarve, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe
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THE HERE AND NOW

Having reached QDV's target, in 2017 it was time for a new challenge. The timing couldn’t have been better, as in 2015 one Stock became two, when Karl Heinz’s son, Michael, joined the team, where he now holds the position of Real Estate Director. Quinta dos Vales was never planned as a family business, but it is such a fascinating and multi-faceted project that the offspring couldn’t resist. Now the 2 generations of Stocks manage the various activities and developments of Quinta dos Vales, working side by side and always striving to create something new. Finding a new challenge wasn't difficult, with 'The Winemaker Experience' the goal was simple. We wanted to give wine-lovers the chance to authentically make their own wine, without having to dedicate 10 years of their lives and invest millions into the endeavour. Basically, we structured a package as if Karl Heinz Stock (15 years ago) was our target audience, someone who has a passion for wine and wants to not just put his name on a bottle but also take every single decision in the winemaking process. In order to reach as many people as possible we offered 4 different versions of the project, from an introductory teaser (Bottle Blending Workshop) all the way to the full experience (Own a Vineyard).
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FUTURE

The future of Quinta dos Vales is the combination of Wine & Real Estate, marketed under the brand-name The Vines. For this project we are building 32 apartments in the heart of our estate. They will be available for holiday rentals, but we will also sell them as holiday homes, for those looking for a truly unique home away from home. These apartments combine perfectly with The Winemaker Experience, as is evidenced by the fact that our first client for each project was the same person. He pre-bought one of our apartments, as well as 3 plots of vineyard right in front of it (less than 10 meters away). When he visits us to taste his wine and get hands-on involved in the production he will stay in his apartment, and the rest of the year he puts it into our rental-pool to earn a rental yield. The Vines @ Quinta dos Vales are currently in construction and will be ready in June of 2021.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The wine estate is located in the village of Estombar, between Lagoa and Portimão in the Algarve.

You can find directions in the Contact Us section, below the contact form.

The FarmShop is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5.30pm.

No, entry is free to all who wish to explore Quinta dos Vales' grounds. If you would like a guided tour of the wine estate, please contact us for prices.

We have two large, free car parks at both entrance gates.

Our friendly staff is able to communicate in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and German.

Most areas at Quinta dos Vales are wheelchair accessible. We are happy to assist any disabled visitors.

The nearest beach is Praia Grande in Ferragudo, only 7km away.

The wine estate is close to beaches, golf courses, shopping centres, supermarkets, restaurants and a marina. See our Sports & Leisure page for more details.

We have a Solo Wine Tasting available at any time in our shop. For wine tastings that take place in our tasting room with a professional member of staff followed by a tour of our winery and cellar, please check prices in the Activities section.