On the immense map of the Douro, there is a small dot that delimits an old family dream. It is located in the village of Muxagata, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, in the Douro Superior sub-region. It was there that, in 1999, Pedro Garcias and Cristina Costa began to design their own wine project, called Mapa, with the purchase of a small farm from the then president of the Parish Council of Muxagata, António Nascimento.
Currently, the total vineyard area is around 32 hectares, divided into three farms: two located in Muxagata and one in Favaios, acquired at the end of 2014, and in whose warehouses, with granite presses, all Mapa wines are made and aged. The first Mapa wine, a red wine vinified in a mill, with foot treading, was born in 2009. In 2010, the white wine appeared, vinified in stainless steel and without any contact with wood, to preserve the primary aromas of the grapes and their freshness and minerality. In 2013, a third reference was created, Vinha dos Pais, a white with a one-year aging in 500-liter barrels.
The aim of this family project is to produce quality wines connected to the land, using only Douro grape varieties and reflecting the diversity and richness of the region. For this reason, in each harvest, the number of bottles produced are always limited. Only estate-grown grapes are used. The project also includes the production of extra virgin olive oil, produced from olives that come from traditional olive groves, treated organically, without the use of any chemical product. Quantities are also limited.