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Pedro Marques: the Portuguese Wave of Renewal

The courage to enact a big shift in family business: from quantity to quality.



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We met Pedro back when Vino Vero Lisboa was still an idea in the making.
His enthusiasm and energy transported us to this Portuguese wave of renewal that we didn’t want to miss for a moment. We have been moved by the courage that Pedro showed back in 2009 when he decided to enact a big shift in his family business: from quantity to quality.
He’s the first one in his family with a degree in oenology and in any case the first to renounce certain technicalities such as induced enzymes and yeasts.

Pedro vines are located in Vale da Capucha, a small estate in Torres Vedras, within the Lisboa wine region. He enhances the aromaticity of his whites by working at slightly warmer temperatures, certain that the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, only 10 km away, refreshes the wine must and its refinements to an adequate extent for wines, which affect the perception of iodine and balanced freshness.

Vino Vero Lisboa is the official home of Mr. Marques wines.

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VINO VERO LIVES ON, BUT WE WON’T GIVE UP HERE, LET’S KEEP VENICE’S NIGHTLIFE ALIVE!

Can two people sitting at a table cause noise to such an extent that it is not considered tolerable and this lead to the closure of only one wine bar?

The Court of Venice has said no! In fact, it assessed that given the specificity of the context and the conditions leading to noise emissions, it is not possible to determine the source of the noise.

The court’s decision also took into account the recent regulatory changes adopted by the Venice City Council, which set precise limitations on the hours of operation of establishments in the area of Fondamenta della Misericordia.

The court, in light of all this, considered Vino Vero’s earlier closing time to be unjustified and therefore upheld the complaint and reformed the order in question.

Vino Vero thus returns to its usual hours: closing at midnight every day except Friday and Saturday, when it closes at one o’clock.

We are happy that we can continue to do our work, with the professionalism that has always characterised us. We love Venice and we do not want this city to become a museum with fixed and predetermined opening and closing times.

Precisely because we love and live in Venice, we know how important residents’ need for tranquillity and rest is, and – with profound respect for this – we felt that this was a good opportunity to ask ourselves about the future we want – as citizens – for Venice and the historic centres of many Italian cities, with the aim of activating a positive, participatory public dialogue.

Vino Vero is not just a wine bar, we cultivate culture and we want to continue to do so. Thank you all for supporting us so far: we have won, but we want to continue to fight so that Venice remains a city which is alive beyond mere tourism. That is why it is important to continue collecting signatures, to show that there are many of us who want Venice to stay alive.

August 07, 2023 – Vino Vero Venezia
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