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Vineyard in Alentejo planted in traditional terraced system

A project by Luisa Amorim

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Having the Mission of exploring the diversity of the terroirs of the Alentejo region, the Herdade Aldeia de Cima has the first vineyards that are planted in the Alentejo traditional terraces. These are located at Serra do Mendro, which has a highest level of 404 m altitude, in a place that marks the exact boundary between the Alto and the Baixo Alentejo. The "dream come true” is Luisa Amorim’s: "I’ve always put too much faith in the Alentejo, as it’s a wine-growing region of huge typicality and the only one that brings together almost all the soil types that exist in Portugal”. This vineyard is planted in altitude, in traditional terraces, of the ancient Iberian Massif, where the soils are of schist origin. This is called the vineyard of Alfaiates, and extends to 14 hectares. Because it’s produced along different hillsides and slopes of 30 to 40% altitude, it was divided into 18 microterroirs and grown in a way that does not harm the environment, with a 80 cm spacing in between them, and at the same time, getting a bigger shelter from Serra do Mendro’s winds. In addition to this, Familia, Sant'Anna and Aldeya Vineyards were also planted bare-root, totalling about 20 hectares, a process that will be completed in 2020. Along with the diversity in the vineyard, a new wine cellar was designed, with a total capacity of 100,000 bottles, where tradition and antiquity are privileged.

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