At the end of last year, Adega da Vidigueira inaugurated Casa das Talhas, a multipurpose space where this centuries-old art of producing wine is paid homage.
Wine carving is fashionable. A fashion that seems to have come to stay, such begins to be the amount of producers who have started producing it again, of events where they can prove it and fairs and other initiatives that promote the rebirth of this ancient art. With the advantage of now being approached through new knowledge of viticulture and oenology that have emerged in the meantime and help to raise its level of quality and create differentiating wines.
Aware of the importance of the product it has at hand, and what it has for the region, the winery inaugurated at the end of 2019 the Casa das Talhas, a new wine tourism space where the visitor can learn a little more about the history of wine carving, brought by the Romans more than 2000 years ago, its production techniques and of course, prove it.
When entering this space we immediately come across a multipurpose space, an open space area with capacity to receive up to 100 people, where several events can be held. On the left side, a wine bar, where in addition to the wine of carving can also taste other wines from the portfolio of the winery. Downstairs, some distinct spaces complement the visit: A barrel room (where whites and reds age in French and American oak wood); the room 1498 or rei's room (where the Vidigueira 1498 Grande Reserva is located, a historic and unique wine, launched on the occasion of the celebrations of the 520th anniversary of vasco da Gama's arrival in India), and the Vasco da Gama Room (a space in honor of Vasco da Gama / Conde de Vidigueira, where exclusive wines to be interned in French oak barrels are found). In the Museum of Brandy, there are still true relics over 50 years old, among wine spirits, berries and liqueurs.
But the onotourism offer of Casa das Talhas does not stop there. Outside there can also take guided tours to the winery, the Ruins of S. Cucufate, the Convent of Our Lady of the Relics and the centuries-old vineyards of the producers, who, in the last two harvests, have produced the Talha Wines of ACVCA with traditional white varieties such as Antão Vaz, Wardrobe, Manteúdo, Diagalves, Larião and Perrum. Wine workshops, events, Alentejo singing performances, as well as custom lunches and dinners, based on local and regional gastronomic specialties, are other activities promoted by Casa das Talhas.