With its strong ancestor ties, reliable Licóbidos has been producing Ginjinha with the aim of strengthening flavours, reviving memories, offering to each and everyone one the true flavour of a national traditional drink.
Licóbidos is an over 60-year old family business company left by its mentor and creator, Mr. Abílio Ferreira de Carvalho, around the 40's in the last century.
Through the years dedicated to production of the famous "ginja or ginjinha de Óbidos" a sour cherry liqueur, certified by PPART, according to the regulations as a handmade manufacturing unity. Between 2008 and 2011, a new factory was built with an area of about 2,000 square metres, both thinking about growth needs and looking ahead to the future capabilities.
With a production of about 100,000 litres of liqueur and present in 9 foreign countries, a prof of high quality level of Licóbidos products.
With a 25 ha of farming land exclusively designed to the plantation of sour cherry trees in the best indicated region of the country for the growth of this fruit since roman times. Licóbidos ensure self-sufficiency and high-quality standards which has always been their aim.
One of the pioneer companies in Portugal that produces this excellent drink nationwide known, What was once formerly a village tavern liqueur is now a liqueur with a touch of elegance and exquisiteness. indispensable in any portuguese house.
Quickly this liqueur recipe surpassed the borders of religious orders and was produced on a larger scale, became famous and sold everywhere.
The Jewish community subsequently also had an important role in its further dissemination of selling and serving it in taverns frequented by the bourgeoisie.
Today, the most established and authentic way of enjoying it is in small cups. This "new" way was brought about 50 years ago by the pioneer spirit and commercial acumen of José Ferreira Duarte Montez, who started his life in the gypsum mines in Óbidos and soon realized the full potential of both the liqueur and the village from which it took its name. He opened the first bar in the village fully dedicated to the Ginja Liqueur and encouraged others to do likewise, in order to promote the appreciation of the genuine Ginja Liquer and foster conviviality amongst its fans. The reputation of the "ginjinha" cup would be forever linked to this village. The creation of the "Obidos night" with its taverns and bars of the village within the castle walls is a picturesque concept of comfort and refinement, conducive to socializing and tasting liqueur that has attracted so many foreign and Portuguese generations, with the common bond of the “ginjinha”.
This helped to propel the sour cherry Liqueur to the status of a true a national institution, with artists such as Amalia Rodrigues immortalising it in her famous “I’ll drink to my pain” fado song as well as many other members of cultural circles all over the country.
Other cities worshiped this drink and "ginjinha" became a common drink in all Portuguese homes and a digestive offer highly valued by guests, making a terrific cordial.
Ginja de Óbidos is an IGP product awaiting recognition as an heritage of the Obidos village.