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Herdade da Figueirinha



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Sociedade Agrícola do Monte Novo e Figueirinha, Lda was established in 1998, and the founder is Comendador Leonel Cameirinha. The managers of the company are the founder and his grandson Filipe Cameirinha Ramos.
Herdade do Monte Novo e Figueirinha is a 300 hectare area of flat and good quality land, located 5 Km from Beja, in Alentejo, the southern region of Portugal.

The main productions of the estate are the vineyard and the olive groves. Grape and olive varieties are carefully selected to give body to high quality wine and olive oil, with all the distinctive characteristics of the region of Alentejo.image 2
Adega da Figueirinha was built in 2003, and is a modern winery equipped with the latest technology, to meet an annual production capacity of 800 thousand litres of wine.

Meet the Winemaker

The company has a total of about 70 hectares of its own vineyards; in “Herdade da Figueirinha” were planted 40 hectares of vineyards with only red grapes especially Trincadeira, Aragonêz, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Boushet. It also has 30 hectares of vineyards in “Herdade das Fontes” that is mainly white grapes and it is located in the Vidigueira Image 3region, which specialises in the variety Antao Vaz.
With 170 hectares of olive trees the company decided, in 2006, to build the Lagar da Figueirinha, with a production capacity of 3 million tons of olives, which produces a high quality olive oil. From 2009 / 2010 their production capacity has increased and is now 7 million tons of olives.
The technical consultant for the olive oil production is João Gomes a well known name in the industry.

Filipe Sevinate Pinto finished his degree in 2002 at the prestigious Instituto de Agronomia de Lisboa. He has a vast experience in how wineries work by bein

g an active consultant not just in Portugal but also in other countries. Filipe belongs to a new generation of winemakers in Portugal that want to work with new techniques with extremely high quality whilst using indigenous grape varieties. For two consecutive years Filipe was nominated by the “W” award (the most prestigious in Portugal) as the Young Portuguese oenologist of the year as well as collecting national and international honours.

Filipe says: “the big potential and quality of the Figueirinha vineyards together with the ambition to make different and better wine than is available in the market now make me want to work with Herdade do Monte Novo e Figueirinha. To have a starting point such as the vines of the Estate and a very well equipped, modern winery is ideal but never forgetting to use some traditional concepts”.

He has been the oenologist at Figueirinha since 2002 and Filipe believes he has his arms around the people that are behind this project in the deep heart of this hot corner of the Alentejo region!