Artur & Edmundo Olim; Thank You For Everything

 

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.

Canteiro

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.

Artur OlimArtur

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.

Artur Barros e Sousa

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.

Artur Barros e Sousa LdaCanteiro with a view

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Artur Barros e Sousa LdaLooking for Casper

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Edmundo OlimEdmundo

Thank you Artur. Thank you Edmundo. Thank you Artur Barros e Sousa Lda.

  • http://thirstforwine.co.uk thirstforwine

    that’s very sad. I too discovered this beautiful corner of the universe on my one trip to Madeira about 4 years ago. I have a bottle of their 1983 Malvasia in my cellar.

    Sad to hear of the closure, but there was even then a sense that the future was not certain.

    • http://madaboutmadeira.org/ Niklas Jorgensen

      It wasn’t exactly a surprise it was sold, more perhaps that it took so long. But still and even if it now belongs to the neighbor, I will miss Artur & Edmundo. Save that ’83. It’s delicious ;-)

  • patrickdh

    A reminder of the fact that we must never forget the past and how wines used to be made…too true.

    • http://madaboutmadeira.org/ Niklas Jorgensen

      Agree Patrick. Think it’s important to just as much look back as forward.