Year of plantation: 1970
Altitude: 256-267 m
Soils: Granite – non-humic litholic soils of granite origin, they are poorly evolved soils, formed, sandy texture, without aggregates, slightly acidic.
History: Located at the southern foot of Serra d’Ossa, this place is special, you can feel it! Two streams bring the rainwater from the Serra, keeping the ground cool in the torrid Alentejo heat, never lowering the water table below 5 metres. It was here that the vineyards were formerly planted. The place was known as “Chão dos Eremitas”, “Chão” being the old term for a flat area, and “Eremitas” referring to the Hermit monks of the Order of St. Paul. Here there is evidence of uninterrupted wine production since the 14th century, the vineyard was so important that a Papal Bull in 1397 exempted the “Pauperes Eremitas” from paying tributes (taxes) on their vineyards. But archaeology goes further, as the discovery of the only Phoenician wine amphora in the interior of the country, dating from the 8th century BC, links this place to wine around 900 years before the arrival of the Romans, in what amounts to 3,000 years of history linked to wine. The grapes, on granite soils and under certified integrated protection, are selected at the selection table, 30% whole bunch and 70% destemmed, fall by gravity into the vat. Spontaneous fermentation and maceration for 40 days in pelíclas, followed by ageing for 12 months in stainless steel tanks.