Rio Maior – Tejo
Set between a mountain range and salt flats, in a green landscape where three of the four elements – land, water and air – inspire different wines.
The company’s first vineyard in the Tejo region was planted in 2000, four kilometers from the city of Rio Maior, on a slope of the Serra d’Aires e Candeeiros mountain range. The vineyard comprised 2.5 hectares, and the varieties that were planted were those that were best suited to the conditions: Touriga Nacional, Aragonês and Syrah.
Four years later, after discovering large quantities of active limestone in the soil, João Barbosa planted one hectare of Pinot Noir. Vinification, which had initially been done in friends’ wineries, began to be done “at home” after the Porta da Teira winery was built. Also that year, another 1.5 hectares of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro were planted.
In 2009 the company planted the first white grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Fernão Pires.
The vines are planted on rich, south-facing, calcareous –clay slopes with optimum drainage and great capacity for exchange with the plants, in a Mediterranean climate with Atlantic influence. All this contributes to a good balance of the vines, small productions, concentrated grapes, and a potential for acidity that is the basis for our Ninfa wines, which are fresh and have longevity.