The first Portuguese label to be represented by Hatch Mansfield, the Herdade do Esporão estate was brought by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira in 1973. After investing heavily in the property, the duo launched the Esporão label in 1985.
It has grown into a major brand with a global reach, exporting to over 50 international markets.
In 2008, the company expanded into the Douro valley after buying Quinta dos Murças, which produces both port and table wine.
The owners subsequently purchased the Quinta do Ameal estate in the Vinho Verde wine region in 2019.
According to João Roquette, chief executive and son of company founder José, Esporão has become a leading advocate for environmental sustainability in Portugal, converting all its vineyards in the Alentejo region to organic farming in 2019, with its vineyards in the Douro valley following suit this year.
He commented: “We are excited to start this new cycle in the UK with such a strong partner like Hatch Mansfield. The fit between our companies’ family values, quality focus and vision are unique, and we believe that, together, we will make the most of the current positive momentum for Portuguese and organic wines in the UK.”