English wine writer Richard Mayson has been specialising in Portuguese wines for over twenty years and is the author of five books on the subject. As early as 1989, he identified the Portalegre sub-region of the Alentejo as potentially one of the leading wine regions in Portugal due to its altitude, soils and climate.Rui Reguinga, who hails from the Ribatejo, began his wine making career in 1991 working at the local co-operative in Portalegre. He subsequently went to work with well-known wine maker João Portugal Ramos before establishing his own wine consultancy business. He now advises a number of leading properties, mostly in the southern half of Portugal and is also involved in making wine in Argentina. After a ten year search for the right property, in 2005 Richard Mayson bought Quinta do Centro and formed a wine making company, Sonho Lusitano (‘Lusitanian Dream’) with Rui Reguinga.
This is a blend of Trincadeira, Arragonez (aka Tempranillo) and Alicante Bouschet in roughly equal proportions (depending on the year) with a small quanity of Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and second year wood for around one year 18 months before bottling.