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History

Herdade Grande is an agricultural property located about 5 Km from Vidigueira/Alentejo, comprising 350 hectares: 60 hectares of vineyard, 40 of olive grove, and the remainder serves as pasture land for sheep. This property has been in the same family for almost a hundred years, having been purchased in 1920, with its vineyards and olive groves. The current owner, who is the company manager and head of wine production, was born here and has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Higher Institute of Agronomy. The viticultural project began with the installation of vineyards in 1980 and the vinification in 1997. Our aim is to produce and commercialize 350 - 400 thousand bottles of wine, of which 30% are White and 70% are Red.
In 2008 we started to commercialize olive oil from our olive, with the brand Herdade Grande, by means of providing services of a licensed mill that has specific facilities for that purpose.

Vineyards

The first vines of this project were planted in 1980. Since that time, the 60 ha of vineyards have been planted with a wide diversity of national and international grape varieties, selected for their adaptability to our terroir, and with a view to preserving the typical characteristics of the wines of the Alentejo region. It is a wager on quality, from the grape to the bottle.

 

Red:
Aragonez, Alicante B., Trincadeira, Syrah, Tourigas Nacional and Franca, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Grossa, Tinta Caiada and Cabernet Sauvignon.
White:
Antão Vaz, Alvarinho, Arinto, Chardonnay, Perrum, Rabigato, Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Viosinho and Viognier.

Winery

Herdade Grande winery has the ideal characteristics for obtaining wines that are distinguished and elegant. HG seeks to bring together new winegrowing knowledge with the traditional methods of winemaking and technology, in order to obtain a final product that brings out the good quality of the grape obtained in our vines. The grapes are handpicked and taken to the wine cellar, where they go through a strict selection process. Next comes the fermentation, which takes place in small stainless steel vats and wine presses, under controlled temperatures. Finally, our wines rest in a cellar in casks of French and American oak, among other woods, with optimum conditions of temperature and humidity. Once in the bottle, they are guaranteed a minimum rest period of 2 months (white wines) or 6 months (reds).