A good story usually starts in a distant time.

Palato do Côa’s story is most recent, going back to 2007, but it is supported by the winemaker who has more than 25 years of experience in winemaking all across the most important regions of the country.

Quinta da Saudade, located in the Douro Superior, in Muxagata, municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, was acquired in 2008 by winemaker Carlos Magalhães (aka Carloto) and five of his friends who had a common passion – wine, high-altitude vineyards and the Douro region.

Albano Magalhães; Bernardo Lobo Xavier; Carloto Magalhães; João Anacoreta; João Magalhães and Manuel Castro Lemos have a simple motto – to make the best wines in the Douro – wines of genuine palate; made exclusively from the Estate-grown grapes; that may compete with the best that’s made in the region.


FRIENDSHIP between the six partners is the basis of a CONSITENT and STRONG project, with a sense of UNION between each one’s passion to make the best wines and RESPECT for the land and integrated viticulture.

Palato do Côa exists because each one of its intervenients likes to ENDULGE IN LIFE’S GOOD THINGS and wishes to share these experiences with its wines consumers.


Albano Magalhães

Businessman and Sailing Lover

João Nuno Magalhães

Businessman, Golfing and Billiards

João Anacoreta

Lawyer and Golfing Lover

Carloto Magalhães

Winemaker and Tenis Lover

Bernardo Lobo Xavier

Lawyer and Golfing Lover

Manuel Castro Lemos

Businessman, Billiards and Cycling Lover


Carlos Magalhães

aka in the region and amongst the trade as Carloto

college grad in Agriculture Engineering by UTAD (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro), in 1992. Viticulture and Winemaking Professor at Hotel Management School of Porto; at Portucalense University and in Agricultural School of Santo Tirso. Viticulture and winemaking consultant (Viteno), since 1992, to an important group of wine producers across the most important regions of the country – Trás-os-Montes, Douro, Dão, Vinhos Verdes, Bairrada and Alentejo.

Paulo Schreck

Carloto’s student in 1995 in Agricultural School of Santo Tirso

Went to France – Sauternes – in 2001, where he graduated in Winemaking and participated in 4 harvests. Returned to Portugal and was part of the winemaking team at Quinta do Carmo, in Alentejo, when the project was a partnership between Bacalhôa and Rotschild. Returned to Porto in 2008, helped develop a project of aromatic and medicinal plants and worked as winemaker and salesman in several wine companies. Paulo met Carloto again when working in an Enology Laboratory. In January 2017 starts working at Palato do Côa under the orientation of Carloto. Also works in the sales department (national and international) of the company.

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