“Surely it is me who has the most beautiful job in the world.”

Ann is an adventurer by nature. The fourth of seven children, she came to Portugal when she was little. Until the revolution in 1974, the Fürstenberg family lived here at the Quinta de Sant’Ana. Afterwards, Ann grew up in Westphalia, going to boarding school near Lake Constance.

After completing a course in ceramics, she studied art in Florence, then moved on to graphics & design. After marrying James, they decided to reawaken the family’s vineyard in Portugal from its slumbers, which had lain fallow for many years. Her childhood memories and friendships, together with her understanding of the Portuguese language and culture, were vital to grow roots.

Besides running the events at Quinta de Sant’Ana, Ann puts her artistic energy into the project. Her keen senses help discern and describe the complex flavours of our wines, and she is also behind the aesthetics and label design.