Honrado Vineyards

Description / History

The dissemination of vineyards in the Alentejo, at that time of ancient Lusitania, by the Romans, happened more than two thousand years old. The history of men is confused and intertwined with the history of the vine and the wine in the Mediterranean basin It is in the quiet, pure and simple Vila de Frades, south of the Serra de Portel, in the county of Vidigueira, Beja District, where Honrado Vineyards have developed its latest project. In a space recently acquired to start the new project, recovered and restored to its original form, the company intends to show to the community and to the world the best of “Vinho de Talha”   “Vinho de Talha” is closely associated with cultural aspects and practices involved in millennial traditions. The methods, knowledge and know-how associated with it has been transmitted by successive generations of men and women responsible for the preservation of its tangible and intangible heritage. The physical and natural heritage, associated with geology, orography and landscapes, the architectonical heritage, evidenced in wine cellars and other associated buildings, the technological patrimony mirrored in utensils and equipment; and intangible heritage, which distinguishes denominations of origin, wine-making processes and techniques, know-how, festivals and community traditions. All of these heritages are inseparably and harmoniously connected, forming an intricate mosaic of knowledge, technologies, habits, and patrimonial assets.

“Vinho de Talha” uniquely synthesizes the important role of food products in the Mediterranean, where it acquired the technological, cultural and community attributes that gave the identity marks it still carries. The understanding and perception of “Vinho de Talha”, as a cultural product, were acquired in an accelerated way in the succession of processes of transformation, accompanied with technological and economic change, that occurred during the XX century. That determined the paradigm shift of its consumption and definition of new cultural habits.

How is the Amphora Wine produced?
The essence of Amphora winemaking hasn’t changed over two thousand years. In general, the grapes previously crushed are placed inside the clay pots and the fermentation occurs spontaneously. During the fermentation, the films of grapes that rise to the surface and form a solid layer are stirred with a wooden squeegee and forced to dive into the must, in order to transmit to the wine more color, aromas and flavors. After the fermentation, these pasta rests in the bottom.