Isn’t this a beauty – and it might look a bit familiar…..
This is Palácio de Mateus in northern Portugal. In the 1940’s, a local company – developing a new wine – approached the owners of the Mateus estate for rights to the name and image. The story goes that they offered a lump sum up front or would pay a royalty of half an escudo on every bottle sold. The family went for the royalty but changed their minds a few days later and accepted a lump sum – BAD move!!! (At its height, the company was selling some 50 million bottles a year!!!)
Another piece of trivia – the famous building is not actually a palace – according to Portuguese law, royalty needs to spend a night in a building before the title ‘palace’ can be designated.