Capela de Sta Margarida/Pintada

Because of the 15th-century chapel here, these vineyards are situated on historical land, and look idyllic with the river nearby. These are the first officially certified vineyard facilities in the country. Particular mention should be made of their co-existence with surrounding natural ecosystems which include the endemic but rare wild grape (Vitis silvestris) at the river’s edge.  The first vines planted here in 1997 were pre-propagation material of traditional Alentejo grapevine varieties, but then subsequently, the vineyards were replanted with grapevine varieties from the north of the country. These successful adaptation experiments then led to the official recognition of these reference grapevine varieties in the viticultural region of the Alentejo. There is an old house on this site which was once inhabited by the keeper of the chapel. It is currently being refurbished and will soon be be ready for use as guest accommodation for our international customers.

N 38º 38’ 07”; E 8º 11’ 45”

Prevailing caste:

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Aragonez

Type of ground: Brown and yellow Mediterranean gneiss and similar rock. Loamy to clay texture (Vgn, Pgn).

Vine area: 20 ha.

Plantation year: 1988 – 1993