Anselmo Mendes was born and grew up in Monção. It was, as a child, that he became acquainted with the culture of the vine and wine production.
The Alvarinho variety and the wine produced there immediately became a part of his life, to the extent that today Anselmo Mendes and Alvarinho are actually synonymous.
Anselmo graduated in Agro-Industrial Engineering in 1987, from the Higher Education Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon, and postgraduate in oenology from the Catholic University 6 years later. The philosophy of Anselmo Mendes is that every plot, every place gives the Alvarinho its own, different character.