Soalheiro is the first Alvarinho brand in Melgaço (the northern point of Portugal) and one of the first Portuguese producers of Alvarinho. Here, the Alvarinho is special, the region is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine needed to the better ripeness of the Alvarinho grapes. João Antonio Cerdeira is an oenologist with experience of working in Burgundy and he planted the first a Alvarinho vines here in 1974. In 1982 he released the first Soalheiro wine. Today the estate is run by his sons Luís and João, with the help of their sister Maria. They are widely regarded as the most serious grower of Alvarinho in Portugal.