|The Algarve has excellent
conditions for producing fruit driven wines in a modern style.
Cooling on-shore breezes moderate the heat of the southern sun
while the poor limestone soils limit water, providing an ideal
environment for maturing high quality wine grapes. Advice from
our consultant viticulturalists,
helped us select the grape varieties, the rootstocks and vineyard
management system, enabling us to optimise the quality potential
from each vineyard.
Quinta do Moinho
Quinta do Moinho Sir Cliff Richard's vineyard was planted in 1997
and 1998 having had detailed studies carried out by the eminent
Australian viticulturalist Dr. Richard Smart. The plantings consist
of 3.5 Ha of Syrah or Shiraz, a native of the RhŰne valley in
France; 2.5 Ha of AragonÍs, indigenous to the Iberian peninsula
and known as Tempranillo in Spain; 1.4 Ha of Trincadeira, native
to southern Portugal; and 0.5 Ha of MourvŤdre again from southern
France. Moinho was established using modern viticultural principles
including canopy management, a vertical shoot positioning training
system and drip irrigation. The vines quickly established themselves
and the result is a thriving and healthy vineyard.
Quinta do Miradouro
Established in early 2001 along much the same lines as Quinta
do Moinho. The vineyard consists of 5 Ha Syrah; 4 Ha AragonÍs;
and 1 Ha of Alicante Bouschet, a Teinturier (red fleshed) grape
from the south of France which can produce very fine wines in
the right conditions, most notably at Mouch„o in the Alentejo.
Miradouro is also the first vineyard in the region to experiment
with Dr. Richard Smartís innovative seven wire Smart-Dyson trellis
system which vertically divides the vine canopy making for a vastly
increased total leaf surface area and improves the light conditions
in the fruiting zone.
Vale do Sobreiro
Established in February 2004 along the same lines as the above
two vineyards, Sobreiro is our latest vineyard. It consists of
3 Ha of Syrah. For the first time the variety was clonally selected
to produce the highest quality fruit from its environment. The
remaining 2 Ha are planted with our first white variety, Verdelho,
an indigenous Portuguese variety that is being vinified with great
success in Australia.
Most of our vineyard operations are done by hand. We manage the
vineyards in a sustainable manner using only the mildest agricultural
products in a programme designed to prevent the onset of any vineyard
diseases rather than a more aggressive curative approach. At harvest
we pick and process all our fruit gently by hand. This is fully
consistent with our policy to produce only the highest quality