Alentejo, November 18, 1887, more precisely in the village of Casa Branca, municipality of Sousel the lands are acquired Monte do Moinho,where the first vineyards will be planted, a legacy of the great-great-uncle José Rovisco de Mendonça.
Monte do Moinho, Floral Letter drawn up by the King of Portugal
In 1898, the new family house was built, so that the evolution of the vineyard and wines can be closely monitored, a house that, more than one hundred and twenty years later, still welcomes its family members and guests so comfortably.
Casa Domus Alba XXI Project
In 1914, the new cellar was built by the great-grandfather José Martinho Rovisco Pais, today, centenary, recovered and expanded, and which continues with the production of the family's prized wines.
Courela do Pardieiro Vineyard - Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Aragonês and Castelão
Its original stone mills, over a hundred years old, continue to be used for fermentation. The grapes, harvested entirely by hand into boxes of fourteen kilos, are processed at night, by the fresh one.
Traditional methods of winemaking are used, such as the manual reassembly of the must or the use of a manual press.Alcoholic fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature.
The noble Alicante Bouschet grape variety is chosen for red wines. Planted in the Alentejo for the first time around 1900, by neighboring Herdade do Mouchão, it produces magnificent experiences here with Cabernet Sauvignon, from vines with twenty years old, giving rise to Reserve wines. Completing the blend are the red varieties Trincadeira, Aragonês and Castelão, from grapes originating from younger vines.
Tapada da Eira Vineyard - Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês and Verdelho
In 2017, five hectares of new vines were added to the planted area. In whites, the Antão Vaz variety is queen, along with Roupeiro and Arinto, and the Verdelho variety was introduced here, bringing greater freshness and natural acidity.
Monte do Moinho Vineyard - Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trincadeira, Aragonês, Antão Vaz, Wardrobe and Arinto
2019 harvest, sunrise, 7:31 am