Keynote Speakers

Sandra Tavares

Sandra Tavares da Silva was born in the Azores, the daughter of a naval officer and a Swiss mother. She grew up in the Lisbon region and always carried the memories of the time spent treading grapes at her grandfather's wine presses, in Alcochete, a history that explains her connection to this area. She chose to study Agronomy in Lisbon and later concluded a Masters in Italy, where she deepened her studies in enology/winemaking and developed an extensive knowledge of internationally renowned wines. In Portugal there was only one region that she had not yet explored, the Douro Valley. In 1999 she arrived in Douro and began working with Cristiano van Zeller, at Quinta Vale D. Maria and, in 2000, she took over the family's wine project at Quinta de Chocapalha, in the Lisbon region. In 2001, Sandra married Jorge Serôdio Borges and together they embarked on their own wine adventure, starting a new company - Wine & Soul - and launching the first Pintas. In 2010 she started the Foz Torto project with Abílio Tavares da Silva and in 2011 a partnership with Susana Esteban to produce Crochet Douro and Tricot Alentejo wines. In 2015, Sandra Tavares da Silva was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic as Officer of the Order of Business Merit for Agricultural Merit and was nominated in 2016 as Oenologist of the Year, a Merit award by Paixão pelo Vinho Magazine (Special 10 Years W Award 2006/2016). In 2020, Sandra was distinguished as one of the most notable winemakers worldwide by Jancis Robinson for the Financial Times, being the only Portuguese nominee. During all these years, Sandra Tavares da Silva has been unwavering in her enormous passion for her work and has a growing portfolio of wine brands, such as Guru, Pintas Character or the Quinta Da Manoella wines. She was awarded the 2020 Alumni Prize from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia.