Creation of the winery
Dorina was able to able to produce her first wines together with a research assistant at the University of Évora at the time, the young Paulo Laureano, at the experimental wine estate of the University of Évora in Mitra. This is where the PLANSEL SELECTA brand was born. During the next five years, and with the help of her husband, Dorina established her own winery: the Quinta da PLANSEL. As a young oenologist, Dorina was only able to employ women from her father’s estate, because at that time it was not easy to find men in the conservative Alentejo who were willing to work for a young female boss. Decades’ worth of experience were quickly passed from father to daughter. And much more experience was gained from the 20,000 litres of wine produced in 1997. Today, annual production stands at around 400,000 litres. This is not that impressive until you realise that Dorina purposely seeks to achieve low yields, even with the simplest of table wines. One of the secrets of the winery’s success is the excellent collaboration between Dorina and fellow oenologist Carlos Ramos, with experience with the grapevine varieties coming a close second. Both have extensive in-depth knowledge and a passion for the Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca varieties in particular, as grown in the terroir of Montemor-o-Novo. After the death of her husband, Thomas, Dorina entered into a business partnership in 2010 with Karl Heinz Stock, an astute businessman with a certain cultural flair who owns and manages a successful quality wine estate in the Algarve which is operated on progressive principles favouring innovation.