The vineyards and the wine define the economic and cultural profile of Vidigueira. Surrounded by a tapestry of vine-stocks, Vidigueira, Cuba and Alvito are part of the landscape that Fialho de Almeida called «The country of grapes».
The heritage of vineyards and wine
In Alentejo, during the Roman period, the culture of the vineyard was already a reality. There are references from Polybius to the vine cultures in the meridional side of Lusitânia, in 2nd century B.C. The grape seeds found near the winepresses in the Roman village of S. Cucufate (Vila de Frades — Vidigueira), between 1st and 5th centuries, confirm the importance of wine in the region. During the reign of King John II, in the 15th century, the acquisition of wines from Alentejo by Briton traders was frequent. In the 16th century, galleons sailed to the Orient carrying wine from this region. At that time, Vidigueira and Vila de Frades belong to the Count of Vidigueira, Admiral Vasco da Gama, to whom large sums were paid for the vineyards. A chronicler from the 18th century mentioned Vila de Frades and Alvito as some localities in Alentejo where the best wines were produced. In the 19th century, Vidigueira, Vila de Frades, Cuba and Alvito were already part of the seventh wine region of the country. For a history lived and reinvented daily, profoundly marked by the region surrounding it, the Winery presents itself as heir of a whole wine culture.
Knowing that the quality and differentiation of our wines start in the vineyard, aiming at providing a specific monitoring to each associate, a service rendered by our winemakers and by the Technical Association of Winegrowers of Alentejo, we have invested in our vineyard register, as well as on a traceability policy which allows us to continuously monitor our associates’ production, promoting their accountability.