Climate: Typically mediterranean and set in the sub-region of Vidigueira, where the climatic conditions are the most temperate of Alentejo and provide an excellent microclimate for the production of quality wines. Soil: Poor land, predominantly of granite and schist. Great pedological potential for the cultivation of vines and for obtaining quality wines. Wine Varieties: The varieties Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez are trellised in a vertical shoot position and the Touriga Nacional in LYS, a multi-spaced system allowing for greater canopy shade. The rows have an east/west orientation with the grape varieties at different exposures: Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez (west) and Touriga Nacional (east). Vinification: Manual harvest into 12 kg boxes. In the winery, the grapes underwent careful selection on a vibrating sorting table before destemming with a slight crushing of the berries. After 48 hours of pre-fermentation cold maceration, fermentation took place in french oak vats and in open fermenter lagares at a controlled temperature of around 24ºC for a period of 11 days. The wine aged in french oak barrels, for a period of 10 months. After bottling, the wine aged in bottle for six months.
Susana Esteban was born at Tui, northern Spain. She has a degree at Chemestry by Santiago de Compostela University and a master degree at Enology by La Rioja University. She started working as a winemaker at Quinta do Côtto, Douro, in 1999. In 2002 she moved to Quinta do Crasto, also in the Douro valley, where she worked as winemaker until 2007. Since 2007 she has worked as a consultant for several Alentejo wineries including Tiago Cabaço wines, Herdade do Barrocal, Monte dos Cabaços and Monte da Raposinha. Throughout her career she managed to accumulate a fair share of awards. In 2012 she managed to receive the award of “Best winemaker of the Year” by Revista dos Vinhos, being the only female winemaker to receive so far such an award. At the end of 2009 Susana Esteban decided to establish herself as a wine producer starting her personnel project. She decided to make wines full of character in a slightly different style of the Alentejo traditional way.