Women in Wine: Dorina Lindemann

With March being Women's History Month, and March 8th International Women's Day, we are featuring some of our women winemakers & women-run wineries. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the successes and empowerment of women in the wine world and beyond, and raise a glass to women everywhere with a wine that suits the occasion!

Dorina Lindemann & daughters, Luísa & Julia of Quinta da Plansel

After completing her degree in oenology at Geisenheim University in 1997, Dorina Lindemann moved with her husband, Thomas, to Portugal to join her father. She used the existing vineyards from the grapevine breeding operations established by her father to produce her own wines and systematically extended the vineyards as part of a targeted expansion program involving the production of propagation material.

Decades’ worth of experience were quickly passed from father to daughter. And much more experience was gained from the first 20,000 liters of wine produced in 1997. Today, annual production stands at around 400,000 liters. This is not that impressive until you realize that Dorina purposely seeks to achieve low yields, even with the simplest of table wines.

Today, Dorina and her two daughters, Luísa and Julia, enthusiastically advocate Portuguese wines vinified from the grapes of autochthonous varieties, especially those from the Alentejo region. Combining oenological knowledge and expertise with the study of biodiversity in regional varieties is of particular interest. Site-specific adaptation of grapevine varieties to the terroir of Quinta da Plansel, often referred to as “precision viticulture,” is an integral part of the estate’s success story.

Both her daughters are following in the footsteps of their mother and grandfather so that, together, they can successfully meet the economic challenges ahead.

Featured wine: Quinta da Plansel "Capela Santa Margarida" Red Blend - Alentejano IGP - 2016

Notes of mint & eucalyptus on the nose. Delicate spice touches & wild berries in the mouth. Smooth & elegant finish. Made with certified organic grapes. Vegan. Aged 9 months in stainless steel.

Composition: 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 20% Trincadeira, 20% Alicante Bouschet

Read more of our Women in Wine series here.

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