The Winery Tradition

Marked by the meeting between past and future, the winery adopts a minimal oenological approach aimed at emphasising the diversity and disparate character of the 36 micro-plots.

Textures, the mineral content of the soils, antiquity and tradition are the aims of the project

As a family, Luisa Amorim and Francisco Rêgo are creating wines that preserve the history of the place. Brought to market two years after the grape harvest, production is small and the aim is to reach around 100,000 bottles. Herdade Aldeia de Cima’s classic and elegant wines preserve the distinctiveness of the estate and are hugely complex, stemming from heterogeneous soils and indigenous and Portuguese grape varieties.

Typical Alentejo building

The imposing Armazém das Ramadas, a barn built in 1953 to shelter cattle, was chosen for the winery. To restore it, they spoke to their friends and interior designers Ana Anahory and Felipa Almeida from the Anahory Almeida studio, whose signature style and good taste are easy to spot in the manner in which they established the connection with the Alentejo’s culture and handicrafts.

The end result - beautiful, minimal and memorable - perfectly matches the building’s stunning architecture, which stands out for its thick whitewashed walls supporting an original steel structure with three wings, embracing a spectacular pair of silos in its central courtyard.

Minimum intervention winemaking

Marked by the meeting between past and future, the winery adopts a minimal oenological approach aimed at emphasising the diversity and disparate character of the micro-plots, soils and grape varieties. It was decided that fermentation of the wine in oak barrels and Nico Velo concrete tanks would be essential for a winery with a planned 100,000 bottle capacity.

Tradition and ancestry were sought for the aging cellar, evident in the small terracotta pots - of which no two are alike - and the amphorae made with ceramic powder over a structure of natural fibres called cocciopesto.

From the beginning, it was clear that the barrels would have to hold 500 litres and add only average volume to respect the origin and characteristics of the Vidigueira grapes.

While Luisa talked, Eduardo drew some lines on a piece of white paper that corresponded to the facade of a whitewashed ruin from the small village.

Identity

This same respect for the culture of the village is reflected in the image developed by the designer Eduardo Aires. Whatever the path, it had necessarily to convey a sense of the Alentejo. Sketching the door opening through which you are invited to experience life in Aldeia de Cima. Together, they started from nothing and concentrated on the essential - the importance of a place which, since 1758, was the ancient heir to a past marked by five centuries of Moorish culture. The selected colours - visible throughout the estate and in a huge variety of details in the inte-riors - are the green of the cork oak leaf and the terracotta of the earth in which it grows, not to mention the effect of the whitewashed walls on the paper of every label.

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