Herdade de Lisboa launches range of monovarietals

Acquired by the Cardoso Family in 2011, Herdade da Lisboa has been the target of investments in recent years, especially the construction of a modern winery. The latest novelty is the new monovarietal tops. 

As we approach the new winery of Herdade da Lisboa, in Vidigueira, we pass through the vineyards and see the building of straight lines drawing on the horizon. The new space includes an aging wine cellar, tasting room, shop and a meeting and event room with capacity for 150 people. This project also includes the construction of a restaurant, an agricultural museum and a tourist accommodation unit in the estate, which will be a reality in the coming years. But for now, the property focuses its efforts on the production of quality wines, having recently launched a new range, a premium collection of varietal wines, limited editions and exclusive seditions of the best of each variety, each year.

"This range is designed to come out only in exceptional years, when the varieties reach their greatest expression", explains Ricardo Xarepe Silva, the winemaker "can be a white caste or ink, national or international, it does not matter. What matters is how it behaved in the vineyard and gave rise to a wine of great quality that translates our terroir", he shoots.

Of the 350 hectares that exist, 100 are vineyards. When the Cardoso family acquired the property, 80 hectares already existed but were revitalized in the meantime, and another 20 hectares were planted. In total, there are 15 varieties on the ground, national and international. For the premiere of the range, Herdade da Lisboa presents the white Viognier 2019, the rosé Touriga Nacional 2019 and the red Trincadeira 2019. Although different from each other, there is a characteristic that marks the profile of these wines and that, according to the winemaker, is their "great freshness and minerality". In addition, he also argues that "they are gastronomic wines, with a style of oenology that is not very interventional. The idea is to interpret every year what the vineyard gives." Integrating the brand that noted the Herdade da Lisboa in the 80's, the Palace of Infantes Chardonnay 2020 is other news this spring.

On the left, in the photo, Ricardo Silva (Winemaker), alongside Joaquim Cândido da Silva (Project Director)

An entrepreneurial family

After the first years, dedicated to the restructuring and qualification of the estate, in a sustainable way, the Cardoso family then decided to move towards wine production. "We believe that this is the way to respect the legacy of this homeland, birthplace of Paço dos Infantes wines, a classic of Alentejo and Portugal of the 80s, and to add value to the existing agricultural heritage", defends Joaquim Cândido da Silva, recognized entrepreneur with great experience in the wine sector, who left the company at portfolio distributor to be project director of the Cardoso Family.

The entry of the Cardoso Family into the wine sector happened associated with olive cultivation. This family with origins in Ribatejo has been acquiring, in recent years, olive and vineyard properties. These investments eventually brought about the development of the business area related to the production and marketing of quality wines and olive oils.

Interior of cellar
Winemaking area
Barrels cave

Currently, the Cardoso Family has 700 hectares of olive groves, 300 hectares of vineyards and 400 hectares of forest and other indigenous vegetation cover of Portugal, distributed by the Alentejo, Ribatejo and Douro. The Herdade da Lisboa has a total area of 350 hectares, of which 100 hectares are vineyards. The portfolio is already quite diverse and is organized in four ranges of wines: Deck (white, red, rosé and sparkling wine), Infantes (red and white) and Paço dos Infantes (rosé, Reserva branco, Antão Vaz and Touriga Nacional). The Herdade da Lisboa range now launched includes the current top wines of the project.