Our People

Our People



Our project was born on behalf of our local people. But it is our personnel that makes the fulfillment of our mission possible and to keep us faithful to our purpose. The people make the richness of our project. They enable us to keep dreaming and to move forward towards our vision.

Our personnel are linked to our local people, to the land, to the origins of our products. It is this richness that enables us to deliver experiences that have as much of authenticity as of quality. It is the purity of being faithful to the origins and to the best of Portugal.



Strong projects are born from leaders’ strategic vision.  Manuel Bio, manager and entrepreneur, with roots in the left bank of river Guadiana, saw opportunities in the cooperative Adega Granja Amareleja where others were seeing a certain bankruptcy. His father was member of the cooperative. This motivated his interest in the situation of the cooperative. As a good son of the region, he decided to help. In 2007, Manuel took the leadership of the cooperative. In a few years, he restored the cooperative’s credibility and regained the collaboration of most of its previous members. And this was the starting point for a project now called Abegoaria. The strategic and commercial vision of Manuel Bio and the continuous search for production solutions to fuel the business, lead him to develop new projects, first in Alentejo, then in Douro, Lisboa, Tejo, Dão and Vinho Verde wine regions. Today Abegoaria is a wine, olive oil, cheese, ham and sausages national project with strong international ambitions.



This is the name behind the Piteira and José Piteira brands. A reference in winemaking in Alentejo and master of “talha” (amphora) wines. He is a autodidact winemaker. He learnt on the job and developed his art with a particular and strong personality and a distinctive signature. He started doing “talha” wines since very young, side by side with his godfather. Today, winemakers from other production houses come to him to learn how to work this ancient winemaking technic traditional in the Alentejo wine region. Those who know his wines and his work, know he is a protector of native grapes of the left bank of river Guadiana, like the grape Moreto (red) and Diagalves (white).



In every project there are those people that are invisible, that work in the backstage, but are the ones making possible the small and little things of everyday to work. José Manuel Perfeito is one of those persons. He is the caretaker of Herdade Abegoaria dos Frades, our emblematic estate in Alqueva.