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

Alyantiju White

This is an experimental wine. Thinking about the Antão Vaz grape variety, harvested at precisely the right moment, after waiting for aromatic and phenolic maturation, and fermented in 500-litre French oak barrels, takes us to another level of winemaking. Here we can see the Alentejo reflected in the minerality and sweet and spicy aromas of the flowers of the fields and the brilliant sunshine. Later we encounter gravity, freshness, tension and linearity of a long and precise finish. Finally, we realise that the entire Alentejo can fit inside a small bottle!

Alyantiju Red

We interpret our origins. Here the intensity and genuineness transports us to a unique Alentejo, immersed in density, fragrance and depth. The indispensable reference is the history, culture and tradition of the Alentejo region. A serious wine that is true to the soil, a unique combination of robust origins, sophistication and precise solidity. A timeless wine with a strong and lasting personality. Given our nostalgic understanding of saudade, we know that time never ends.

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.

White Reserve

We’re talking about the steep-sloping landscape of the Serra do Mendro, which separates the Alto and Baixo Alentejo. This geological phenomenon in the municipality of Vidigueira, with an east-west orientation, forms a natural corridor ideal for the influence of Atlantic winds. It was here, looking up at the light blue sky, that we dreamed of making our wines.

The Reserva Branco (white) combines the terroir of this land, influenced by the cooler climate and the diversity of skeletal soils, producing a balanced wine with a fragrant aroma, linear structure, and high density and minerality.

Red Reserve

We have studied the ancient history of the Alentejo’s wines and vineyards, as well as a vast range of traditions, geology, textures and aromas. We preserve genuineness because we feel, from the outset, that we have time on our side. We looked for traditional grape varieties and found them.

Using the simplest possible processes, we managed to produce wines that we hope are authentic messengers, clearly transmitting the local emotions and reflecting the terroir. We wanted to convey an understanding of the nature of the region and we succeeded.

The unforgettable Alentejo

Luisa Amorim discovered the Alentejo at an early age - where the greens and browns of the cork oak trees mixed with the holm oaks and olive trees, in an immense and seemingly infinite territory, as she stayed in the region before heading south for her summer holidays in the Algarve. From her father she learned about the deep sense of pride felt by the local people, the importance of planting for the future, and the fact that, in this immense territory, the land only has value if you plant things in it.

Alongside cork, a vertical pillar of her family’s universe, Luisa soon discovered that wine is also one of her great passions, from her experience managing the Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo estate, in the Douro region, and the Taboadella estate, in the Dão region.

Her family originally acquired the Herdade Aldeia de Cima estate in 1994. In 2017 she decided to rebuild the small village and plant a vineyard in the Serra do Mendro, which soon became a life project.

In the photograph, from left to right; Joaquim Faia, José Falé, Luisa Amorim, Francisco Rêgo, António Cavalheiro, Gonçalo Ramos, Jorge Alves.

An excellent team

The Herdade Aldeia de Cima is managed by the couple, Luisa Amorim and Francisco Rêgo.

From the outset, the estate has been coordinated by José Falé, in conjunction with Gonçalo Ramos, who is responsible for forestry activities and animal production.

The winemaking team, formed by Jorge Alves and António Cavalheiro, with viticultural support from Joaquim Faia, is designing the profile of the Herdade Aldeia de Cima’s wines, paying special attention to study of the Serra do Mendro’s micro terroirs.

Nelson Coelho is responsible for the sales strategy.

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