Though Julia grew up surrounded by some of
the most stunning vineyards in the Dão, she rejected the prospect
of a bucolic grape growing future and decided to study law.
Inevitably, given Julia's dogged determination, she became a
successful lawyer but she re-assessed her future after an accident
gave her a knock to the head.
She now saw her future rejuvenating the vineyards of her youth.
With a little help from her friend, Dirk Niepoort, she has spent
the last decade carefully replanting the vineyards, returning them
to their previous splendour. Accolades from the world's top
journalists have poured in since the first vintage in 2008 and they
are now consistently recognised as one of the top Portuguese