António Montenegro was born in 1949 in the coastal city of Esposende, in the Minho region. Visiting his grandfather at the beautiful yet harsh vineyards from the Beira Dão region was an early tradition. Tradition became home, and now he is able to taste the product of his land.
Heir to the Casa de São Matias and to its many wine-related memories, António Montenegro thought of presenting a “São Matias” that could faithfully witness the family’s ancient wine-making traditions. Such a decision wouldn’t have been possible without the passion for wines of one of his sons.
With a degree in Law, completed at the Universidade de Coimbra over 40 years ago, António Montenegro was the Director of the Porto offices and then Secretary General of IDL - Instituto Amaro da Costa. As a professional of the law, he served as a Public Magistrate and then as a lawyer. He was an elected officer in the Portuguese Bar Association as well.
His curriculum also includes experience in business management and teaching - at a Escola Prática da Agricultura, for two years.
A lover of reading and owner of a vast library, António Montenegro now dedicates much of his time to football, is youth sport and a remaining passion.
He is a father of eight and a grandfather of many children.
With this project at the Casa de São Matias, his life work is now fulfilled, as many of his ancestors: the practice of law combined with the most precious offer from the land: the Wine.
António Montenegro (son) was born in Porto in 1980, and immediately inherited strong connections to four exceptional terroirs - the Douro and the Beira region from his father’s side, the Silveira Montenegro family; and the Azores and Torino (Italy) from his mother’s side, the Gagliardini Graça family.
In the 1990s, his passion for the arts led him to the Art School at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where he completed a degree in “Arts and Heritage”. Football was his other passion as he went on to play for over a decade.
At the turn of the millennium, the opening of a bar in his home city became the first and ultimate contact with the beverage business, which remains his occupation to this day.
In 2005, and after completing a post-graduate degree in Event Management at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto -, António Montenegro began a ten-year path at one of the greatest Port wine producers - with a DOC Douro seal of approval. An MBA in Management in Strategy, promoted by the Novacaixagalicia Business School - Porto and in 2015 a course in Luxury Brand Management - Strategy Marketing at ISEG, Lisbon. - were a major boosts for his career as he specialised in wine distribution, promotion and marketing.
Entering into a partnership of a premium wine and gourmet shop in 2013 was yet another proof of his taste for wine and for Portuguese products.
Today, António Montenegro is a producer, bringing innovation into a secular family tradition, through a brand that transpires the essence of the Dão.
A militant of the wine and cuisine worlds, he is also a brother (Confrade) in the prestigious Port Wine Brotherhood (Confraria do Vinho do Porto) and vice-president in the Confraria Gastronómica das Tripas à Moda do Porto (Fiel das Usanças - Customs).
A father of two daughters and one of the eight siblings in the large Montenegro family, António Montenegro has found in the Casa de São Matias a place of living heritage, union, affection and labour.