Born in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes, Antonio moved to France at the age of 11, carrying in his luggage the memories of his origins, his grandparents, and the flavours of his homeland that never left him.
During his international professional career, he worked in finance and, more recently, in the field of Information Systems. During this last period, working in Brazil, memories are brought to the surface, and Antonio feels a need to reconnect with his origins.
He acquires lands on the banks of the Sabor River, including an olive grove over 300 years old, and some almond trees that once belonged to his great-grandparents and grandparents. It's in homage to those who raised him, and to those lands formerly named, Casal do Roque (Domain of Roque), that Antonio came up with the name "Casal Dos Avós" (The Grandparents' Domain).
His purpose is to promote the traditions and rich products of the Trás-os-Montes region and particularly olive oil. Indeed, olive oil from this area, and especially from the banks of the Sabor river, is already known worldwide.
In order to honour a production of high quality and excellence, the controlled cultivation is done without pesticides and the olives are manually harvested, as the ancestors have always done.
But it's with those of today, small local independent producers of olive oil, honey and almonds, who have the same respect for nature, that Antonio wants to create synergies, increase production and export these fine delicacies all over the world.