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Portuguese
Casa Cálem
Qualidade desde 1859
Entre as cerca de 40 marcas históricas de Vinho do Porto, a Porto Cálem sobressai como uma das mais famosas entre elas. Sendo um dos líderes de mercado em Portugal com a sua famosa gama de Vinho do Porto Velhotes Tawny, Ruby e White, praticamente todas as famílias portuguesas conhecem o nome Porto Cálem.
Fundada em 1859, por António Alves Cálem, a Porto Cálem manteve-se na mesma família durante quatro gerações e sempre prestou grande atenção à produção de Vinhos do Porto de qualidade, resultando num reconhecimento por parte de todo o Mundo do Vinho. No seu início, dedicava-se à exportação de vinhos para o Brasil em troca de madeira exótica, com frota própria, símbolo ainda hoje presente no logotipo da empresa: a Caravela.
Em 1998, a Porto Cálem passou a fazer parte da Sogevinus SGPS, S.A.. O grupo Sogevinus tem a seu cargo um universo de empresas direccionadas para a produção e comercialização de vinhos do Porto e D.O.C Douro, investimentos em quintas para assegurar a produção de vinhos de gama alta, distribuição de bebidas, bem como variadíssimos projectos na área do Turismo.
A Porto Cálem tem uma invejável lista de prémios e louvores para a gama completa de produtos, especialmente para os Premium Vintages, Late Bottled Vintages e Tawnies de Idade. O primeiro Vintage produzido pela Porto Cálem foi o Vintage 1870, e os primeiros prémios incluem medalhas obtidas em Bordéus, Marselha e Bruxelas em 1897.
Os Vinhos do Porto da Cálem ganharam medalhas de topo em importantes concursos internacionais de vinhos realizados em diversos países: Portugal, Reino Unido, França, Bélgica, Suíça, Itália, Eslovénia, EUA e Japão. Como exemplo, podemos indicar a medalha de Ouro no Vinalies Internationales para o Porto Cálem Vintage 2002; o Troféu Melhor Vinho do Porto para o Porto Cálem Vintage 2000 no International Wine & Spirit Competition; o Melhor Vinho Generoso para o Porto Cálem 20 Years Old no Japan International Wine Challenge; Best in Class para o Porto Cálem Colheita 1989 no International Wine & Spirit Competition; Porto Cálem Empresa do Ano no Vinitaly 2005. O Porto Cálem Vintage 2003 por sua vez ganhou várias medalhas de Ouro em 2006, nomeadamente no Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Vino Ljubljana, Bacchus, Wine Masters Challenge.
Mais recentemente, a reabilitação das Caves Cálem recebeu o Prémio “Best of Wine Tourism 2006”, na categoria de arquitectura atribuída em S. Francisco, nos EUA. Trata-se de um concurso internacional promovido pela rede de capitais de grandes vinhedos (Porto, Bordéus, Melbourne, S. Francisco, Bilbao, Florença, Mendoza e Cidade do Cabo), destinado a premiar a oferta de excelência na área do enoturismo.
A Porto Cálem ciente da importância da existência formal de um Sistema de Gestão da Qualidade, como componente da sua estratégia para manter o crescimento e o sucesso da empresa, apostou na implementação e certificação segundo a Norma NP EN ISO 9001:2000 (Empresa certificada desde Novembro de 2001).
A aposta na Qualidade dos produtos que fornece, a Porto Cálem persegue objectivos que proporcionem cada vez maior satisfação aos seus clientes, colaboradores e accionistas vislumbrando sempre a sua política de melhoria contínua.

English
Quality since 1859
Porto Cálem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others.
Almost all Portuguese families know Porto Cálem, as recognized market leader in this country, especially through its product ranges Velhotes Tawny, Ruby and White.
Founded in 1859, by António Alves Cálem, Porto Cálem was by this time dedicated only to wine exports to Brazil in exchange of exotic woods and by means of its own fleet. In fact, those activities are still remembered today through Porto Cálem brand logotype where a caravel stands for this proud history.
Porto Cálem was kept in the family for four generations, always developing business around quality Port wines, from which resulted high recognition all over the world.
Today, and since 1998, Porto Cálem is part of Sogevinus SGPS, S.A.
Sogevinus Group handles a large number of companies which address their activity to the production and trade of Port and D.O.C. Douro Wines. Also invests in vineyards to ensure high quality standards in the wines produced. Furthermore, it has interests in drinks distribution and manages several different tourism projects.
Porto Cálem product range has granted along its history an outstanding number of prizes and awards, especially on the Premium Vintages, Late Bottled Vintages and Aged Tawny.
The first Vintage Port ever produced by Porto Cálem was the Vintage Port 1870 and the initial awards include Medals from Bordeaux, Marseille and Brussels 1897 wine competitions.
From then on, Porto Cálem Wines have won important awards in the most important international wine competitions from Portugal, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Slovene, USA and Japan. Latest examples include Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales for Porto Cálem Vintage 2002, Best Port Wine Trophy for Porto Cálem Vintage 2000 in International Wine & Spirit Competition, Best Fortified for Porto Cálem 20 Years Old in Japan International Wine Challenge; Best in Class for Porto Cálem Colheita 1989 in International Wine & Spirit Competition; Porto Cálem Company of the Year in the Vinitaly 2005. Porto Cálem Vintage 2003 as also won several Gold Medals in 2006, namely in Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Vino Ljubljana, Bacchus and Wine Masters Challenge.
Also in 2006, the rehabilitation of Cálem cellars granted the award Best of Wine Tourism 2006”, in the category of Architecture, in S. Fancisco competition, USA.
This competition is promoted by the main wine capitals such as Porto, Bordeaux, Melbourne, S. Francisco, Bilbao, Florence, Mendoza and Cape Town, with the purpose of rewarding Excellency in the wine sector.
As part of a sustainable growth strategy, Porto Cálem presents a formal Quality Management System according to the NP EN ISO 9001:2000, which was officially recognized in 2001 with a Certification diploma.
Commitment with product quality and continuous improvement, grants increasing satisfaction to Porto Cálem clients, consumers, collaborators and stockholders.
Sales of Porto Cálem reached more than 3.7 million bottles (750 ml) in 2005, maintaining a stock of about 8 million litres.
Porto Cálem main market has always been Portugal, but exports have maintained a high significance along its history. The brand logotype – the caravel in which Port Cálem was exported to Brazil – show exactly that importance. In 1880, Brazil represented 40% of total exports.
Today, European Union and North America show special relevance in Porto Cálem exports, but it can be easily found in more than 30 countries and regions among which we can name Brazil, Puerto Rico, Eastern Europe and even New Zealand. It is also a recognized market leader in Denmark, France, Benelux and United Kingdom.
Porto Cálem benefits from the special attention given by the company to the production and crop of high quality grapes in the Douro region, especially in Cima Corgo and Douro Superior areas.
Known as the “Port Wine Cathedral”, we can find in these regions some of the best vines, the finest grape varietals and the most famous vineyard estates (“Quintas”).
Quinta do Arnozelo, the estate where Porto Cálem grapes are grown, is set here. To grant our wines high quality standards, we furthermore have our Winemaking Centre (São Martinho da Anta) located in Douro. This way, we gather the best and most advanced technology in the field with the traditional high competence and experience on winemaking of the region.
After the winemaking process in Douro, the ageing of Porto Cálem Wines takes place in the company cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Located in the Douro opposite margin of the Porto “Ribeira” (historical riverside of the city), next to D. Luiz I bridge, these cellars show perfect conditions to successfully age the Port Wines, as per their cool and dry air, and little light. This way, Porto Cálem wines age in oak casks for years and years…
It is also in these cellars, that Porto Cálem welcomes every year around 120.000 visitors and from where the Port Wines are exported to markets abroad.

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