The wines are designed in the vineyard

In an attempt to nurture the typical regional characteristics of this warm region, that has been producing wine for more than 2000 years, Aldeia de Cima’s classic and elegant wines reflect the enormous complexity of the heterogeneous soils and the character of the native grape varieties and other varieties perfectly adapted to the region. Wines that preserve the history of the place, presented to the market two years after the grape harvest.

Alyantiju

The Herdade Aldeia de Cima was founded in 1758, but its cultural and traditional roots date back to much earlier times. The Herdade Aldeia de Cima echoes the voices of Phoenicians, Visigoths, Romans and, above all, the Arabs, who arrived in the 8th century and dominated the region for 500 years, and still influence the Alentejo’s culture today. Some scholars describe the Alentejo as someone with the spirit of a Roman in the body of an Arab.

The locals pronounced the name of their land: Alyantiju

Reserve

The Cante Alentejano (polyphonic singing from the Alentejo) is a unique expression of the local people. Its inclusion by UNESCO on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity reflects the Alentejan people’s love for the land and their resilience in the face of the harshness of life. It was created to entertain workers while they toiled in the fields and evokes the purity of the spirit of the epoch.

The songs are about the land, the plains, and the animals. It is a portrait that conveys the emotion of the Alentejo. When you hear the lyrics, you can almost feel the scorching heat, the aroma of wild species, and the elegant breeze blowing across the fields. You can almost discern the typical sounds of a long summer's night and the anticipation of the long-awaited harvest.

The Alentejo, moments that are inscribed in our hearts, a joy that is only ours.

Winery

In 2017 we chose to install our winery in the impressive Armazém das Ramadas warehouse built in 1953 by Francisco Eduardo de Barahona Fragoso, son of the 1st Count of Esperança. It was originally intended for his “ramadas” (land parched with intense heat and dryness).

Built in the typical Alentejan style, the warehouse is memorable for its thick, whitewashed walls that support an original metal structure with three wings that surround an impressive pair of silos in the central courtyard.

The winery is remarkable for its ability to blend the past and future, using a minimalistic oenological intervention, highlighting the complexity of heterogeneous soils and the different characters of the micro plots and grape varieties. The winery uses small containers - such as wooden, cement and stainless-steel vats, cement amphorae and small clay pots.

Wines that preserve the history of the place, presented to the market two years after the harvest.

Technical Team

The winemaking duo, Jorge Alves and António Cavalheiro, with viticulture support from Joaquim Faia has designed the profile of the Herdade Aldeia de Cima’s wines, paying special attention to the Serra do Mendro’s micro-terroirs.

The team is led by Jorge Alves, as consultant winemaker, one of Portugal’s most renowned winemakers, who has extensive experience with Douro and Dão wines.

António Cavalheiro is the resident winemaker who although he was born in the Douro has always dedicated his career to Alentejan wines.

Together with Joaquim Faia, who has extensive experience of viticulture, especially in the area of Estremoz and the Serra de São Mamede, they have developed an innovative project to perpetuate the winemaking traditions of the Alentejo.

  • Jorge Alves
    Consultant winemaker
  • António Cavalheiro
    Resident winemaker
  • Joaquim Faia
    Consultant Viticulturist
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