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HERDADE DOS GROUS

PRODUCER: HERDADE DOS GROUS

 LOCATION: ALENTEJO 


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HISTORY:

Herdade dos Grous estate is a new project from German Pohl family that also owns an insurance and finance group in Germany and Vila Vita Hotels in the world.

Herdade dos Grous estate has 700 hectares, 73 are dedicated to top quality wine production and the remains to the bio-horticultural production, olive yard, farming and cattle raising (certified ‘Alentejana’ breed) and champion jumping horses.

In the heart of rural Alberano in the Beja district, Herdade de Grous focuses on environmentally responsible viticulture to produce wines of exceptional quality. A haven of biodiversity, the estate’s 536 hectares include 70 dedicated to vine-growing with the other 466 given to agriculture, an olive grove, and the rearing of top cattle breeds and champion jump horses. Though the Mediterranean climate is characterised by low rainfall and a semi-arid growing season, irrigation is not an issue in the heat of the ‘Alentejano’ summer: the estate being blessed with its own 80-hectare dam and a blanket of water-retaining loam soils. A modern yet traditional winery and a touch of French oak complete the picture, helping to produce some extremely impressive regional varietals.

The winery was built in 2005. The cellar possesses modern technology connected to traditional vinification processes. Traditional “lagares” open fermenters, conic-tanks, basket press and pneumatic-press. All the grapes

that arrive the cellar are selected in tables of selection. For quality ageing we use French oak barriques. The construction lays in a well fit regional architecture in the landscape.

 

WINE EXPERT OPINION:

  • Recomended  producer for Alicant Bouschet grapes at the new Wine Grapes book by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz

 

MEET  THE WINEMAKER: Image15

 

Luis Duarte, the head-winemaker and manager of the estate was selected twice as the best Portuguese winemaker and nominated for best world winemaker by Der Feinschmecker magazine, an event during Prowein 2010.

Professional background

1987- 2004 Winemaker and Production Director at Herdade do Esporão

Since 2004 Manager and Winemaker at Herdade dos Grous

Accolade wine brands developed / produced by Luís

Herdade do Esporão, Monte Velho and Vinho da Defesa (as winemaker

for Esporão) Quinta do Mouro, Herdade Grande, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova,

Herdade de São Miguel, Herdade das Servas and Dona Maria (as consultant

winemaker for other projects)

Luís’ accolades as winemaker

1997 Winemaker of the Year, awarded by the most recognized

Portuguese wine publication

2007 Winemaker of the Year, awarded by the most recognized

Portuguese wine publication (the sole winemaker in Portugal

to win this prize twice)

2010 Nominated for the prize “Best Winemakers in the World” during

“Wine Awards 2010” organized by “Der Freishemecker”.