It all started with Dr Pedro Jose Lomelino setting up the company for Artur de Barros e Sousa in the beginning of the 1920′s. It all ends, 91 years later with Artur and Edmundo Olim, the fourth generation.
Artur Barros e Sousa Lda is now closed. Sold to the neighbor, d’Oliveiras. There were other interested and potential buyers as well, not of the whole package though, but in the end it was perhaps only logical that the guys next door delivered the accepted offer. Rua dos Ferreiros 109 now belongs to Pereira d’Oliveira who have closed the canteiro for some work before a re-opening. Their more detailed plans for the place are yet to be revealed.
I will remember all the visits over the years. I will remember walking the canteiro and experiencing the beautiful light that found its way in on the attic. I will remember talking about Porto Santo with Artur or taking the mandatory tour around the courtyard to taste the Madeira grape varieties which he had planted there. I will remember when Edmundo showed me how to stencil or when Artur did all the manual cleaning of the bottles.
I will remember the discussions we had and when Edmundo went to consult his huge century old Vizetelly encyclopedia. I will remember all the wines poured, especially the Muito Velhos. I will remember the feeling of visiting a winery where time seemed to have stopped. I will remember when my oldest daughter were convinced that Casper the friendly ghost lived in the attic.
I will remember something truly unique, an institution and a reminder of the fact that we must never forget the past and how wines used to be made. But most of all, I will remember the generosity and hospitality of Artur Olim and Edmundo Olim.
Thank you Artur. Thank you Edmundo. Thank you Artur Barros e Sousa Lda.