Esperança – Alto Alentejo
With a high level of temperture variation – hot during the day and cold at night – Valle de Junco is the tranquility of a different Alentejo, set in a distinct landscape, with a winery set apart from the rest of the world.
In 1997 João Barbosa purchased 22 hectares in the Alto Alentejo region of Esperança, Portalegre. Because he is a big admirer of Burgundy wines, he bought this land with poor, fine- textured, acid soil, with a continental climate with influence from the São Mamede mountain range, and a potential for concentrated acidity and long maturations.
In 2000 ten hectares are planted with Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional. Most of the vineyard benefits from southern exposure, and growing on granitic slopes, the plants are forced to compete with each other, creating a special balance. Productions vary between three and four tons per hectare, and the grapes have complexity, delicacy and minerality, all characteristics that are very present in the Lapa dos Gaivões brand .
The year 2005 marked the completion of the Valle de Junco winery. (Prior to this the grapes were carefully transported to neighboring wineries for vinification).