Hans Jorg Bohm, founder of Quinta de Plansel and son of a traditional family of wine producers in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Neustadt an der WeinstraBe, Germany, landed quite by chance in Portugal in 1961 . His sailing boat capsized in the port of Cascais, near Lisbon, thus marking the start of a successful future. Hans-Jorg Bohm, simply called Jorge by everyone, has lived in Portugal ever since, and quickly recognized that the sheer number of different grapevine varieties held enormous potential for wine production in the future. In 197 5, he acquired a plot of land in Montemor-o Novo in the middle of theAlentejo, which was to become the Quinta da Plansel.
Jorge Bohm knew what vineyards needed to produce high quality wines and made it his priority to research different grapevines varieties thoroughly, something that in time, had been treated somewhat arbitrarily. Because of his pioneering scientific work, his expertise is sought after internationally and he has authored numerous publications. In recognition of his achievements, he received the distinction of Comendador da Ordem de Merito Agricola ( Commander of the Order of Merit for Agriculture) in 2005 from the President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaia.
His well-known book on Portuguese grapevine varieties published in 2007, 0 Grande Livro das Castas, was awarded a prize in 2010 for the best book in its category by the OIV (Organisation International de la Vigne) in Paris, while a subsequent volume published in 2011, Vine Atlas of Spain and Portugal, received a similar award in 2014.
He has passed on his knowledge about Portugal's treasure trove, namely its wealth of indigenous grapevine varieties, to his daughter, Dorina. He continues to supervise Viveiros, the grapevine nursery, and draws on his extensive viticultural knowledge when his family seek his advice.