Quinta do Quetzal is set in the heart of the Alentejo region on the rich slopes of Vidigueira, close to the oldest known Roman winery in Portugal and Spain. The region’s micro climate and its hills make it the perfect location for a unique terroir. The grapes grow on soil rich in Schist, the local mineral stone. While the area around Quinta do Quetzal is generally sunny and warm, its positioning on the foothills of the Serra do Mendro allows cooler air in from the Atlantic ocean. These conditions lead to big variations in temperature, giving the grapes the heat to ripen and the cooling breezes to recover. Quinta do Quetzal focuses on limited production of concentrated and top quality grapes in order to create a wine that expresses the character of its surroundings.
To complete Quinta do Quetzal, a new building with a restaurant, shop and art center was opened in 2016. The building is partly covered with schist slates. The center stands out but also seamlessly fits into its surroundings. The use of natural local flora on the estate completes the visitor’s experience of the natural habitat of the Alentejo region.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
A FAMILY WINERY
Cees and Inge de Bruin are collectors and patrons of contemporary art. They, together with their family, have had a warm relationship with Portugal for over 40 years. Through Quinta do Quetzal they hope to share their passion for the Portuguese culture, nature, food and wine. Every year, in collaboration with their daughter, Aveline de Bruin, they create a new exhibition on the estate. Their private contemporary art collection is the starting point for each exhibition.
In loving Memory
CEES DE BRUIN 07.04.1946 – 25.06.2020
The last year has without doubt been harsh and tough in many ways for everyone. But on top of everything that was happening in the world, we lost in June of 2020, our beloved husband, father and grandfather – Cees de Bruin. Together with his wife Inge, they founded Quinta do Quetzal 20 years ago. Quetzal brings together the things they loved and shared in life. With their vision and through the joined effort of the family, Quetzal has grown into a beautiful estate where quality wines are made and served with excellent food in the estate’s restaurant. But also, the place where their collection de Bruin-Heijn found new dialogues with other artists, curators, critics and art lovers.
We are grateful for his legacy and it makes us sad he can’t celebrate with us Quetzal Art Centers five-year anniversary. It seems like yesterday that we started planning this art space and yet again these years have been so full of truly special exhibitions, amazing new works and conversations with artists, curators and critics, that in other moments it seems like we have been doing this forever. The main core of our journey for Quetzal Art Center would have to be collaboration. That has been and we wish will continue to be, truly the motto of our project. There has not yet been one project in the programme that fell out of this parameter. We do, deeply believe that art is about exchange, conversation, growth through one another and cooperation. It would make no sense to do it any other way.
THE TEAM AT QUINTA DO QUETZAL
Our team splits into 3 departments:
Wine Cellar, Restaurant and Wine Tourism.