Ole & Obrigado
Native Spaniards Patrick Mata and Alberto Orte founded Olé Imports in 1999 while in college. Both Patrick and Alberto come from families who have been making wine in Spain since the 1800s. The first wines Olé imported to the U.S. were from Alberto’s family in Montilla.
Today, enologist Alberto Orte continues his family tradition by producing extraordinary wines in Spain that are included in the portfolio. Alberto is intent on rescuing nearly extinct grape varieties such as Tintilla and Vijiriega in the DO region of Cádiz in southwestern Andalucía, and elaborating wines of place. He also oversees the production of many other wines imported by Olé & Obrigado from Spain.
Rui Abecassis co-founded with Bruce Schneider the New York-based import company Obrigado Vinhos in 2010 in pursuit of building a collection of quality wines honoring the terroirs, grapes and winemakers of Portugal. The meaning of Obrigado is “thank you” in Portuguese. A devoted ambassador of Portuguese wine and culture, Rui spent 12 years living abroad before moving back to his native country of Portugal. In 2013, Bruce sold his interest to Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata. Combining their passion, experience and expertise, this Iberian team is committed to importing exceptionally delicious, soulful wines that deliver a sense of place with precision. Olé & Obrigado was officially formed in 2018.
Patrick Mata, A Wine Enthusiast Tastemaker, Food & Wine Magazine Tastemaker and Wine Advocate Personality of the Year, was described by Robert Parker as “one of the most driven, passionate and talented young men in the wine world (8/2013)."
"There are a couple of importers whose wines are so trustworthy that I will buy them regardless of what’s in the bottle. Kermit Lynch, of course, for French wine, and Olé Imports for Spanish wine. Mata’s and Orte’s passion for Spanish wine is famous, their palates are exceptional. Which is why I trust Olé implicitly." - Jeff Siegel, The Advocate Magazines
JamesSuckling.com: Kyle's Video Interview with Patrick Mata
Chicago Tribune: Wine Bottle's Back Label Reveals Much About Quality
Wine, Seriously Blog: Patrick Mata of Olé Imports and a Tasting of Rare Riojas
WineCurmudgeon.com: Patrick Mata, Olé Imports
Social Media Links
Instagram: @oleobrigado, @patrickmata1978, @albertoorte75, @ruiabecassis
Facebook: @OleObrigado, @ObrigadoVinhosPortugal
Twitter: @OleObrigado, @patrick_mata
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