The Battle of the Uvas and the Telhado

There was no battle called The Battle of the Uvas and the Telhado, or Lixa, but a battle did take place round here, in a land rich in grapes (which make a fantastic Vinho Verde) and there’s a native of Telhado who is important in this story… of Quinta da Lixa.

Episode 8 – The Battle of the Uvas and the Telhado
|Created and produced by Marco António
|Translated and narrated by de Lucy Pepper
|Official theme music: Fado do SonhoPensão Flor
|Additional music: Lee Rosevere | Orquestra Popular de Paio Pires
|The Portuguese version of this episode can be found at “Histórias de Portugal
(narrated by Marco António)

Quinta da Lixa is the producer of Vinho Verde of reference in the town of Lixa and September is the most special month of the year. It is the month of the vindima, the wine harvest, and the beginning of the winemaking process. Vindima is – as we said in this episode – one of the most Portuguese times… and we couldn’t resist going to a vineyard where the grapes are (still) harvested by hand.

After being picked, the grapes leave the field for Quinta da Lixa, where the process of turning the grapes into wine begins, from the first grapes arriving to the first tastings of the grape must. The farm is where production meets wine tourism, receiving many visitor who want to see the process of production, taste the wine, eat the food of the region and buy the wine and other things (from cheese to chocolate to souvenirs and traditional “malgas”, wine drinking bowls) which the company sells.

More pictures and information about Quinta da Lixa at

Recently, Quinta da Lixa acquired a new property (a Quinta de Sanguinhedo) to increase its vine capacity, but the Meireles family who owns the company, realized that they could do more than just grow grapes there, and thus Hotel Monverde was born.

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It is told in Lixa that here, on Quinta de Sanguinhedo, the man known as “Zé do Telhado” made himself known, a man known all over the country, for his stealing from wealthy houses in the north, and dividing his spoils, some of them, with the poor.

Zé do Telhado

According to Quinta da Lixa, Zé do Telhado would meet up with his band of bandits, here, where the staff houses of the old farm were, and where now some of Hotel Monverde’s bedroom sit, to plan their raids. More precisely, at the spot of these trees.

Many thanks to Quinta da Lixa (especially Diogo Vieira, responsible for Communication and Marketing) for their help in the production of this episode.

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