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The Sociedade Agrícola Herdade de Vale Barqueiros S.A., founded in 1985, owns the estate called Herdade de Vale Barqueiros. The company is family owned and the estate consists of 122ha of vineyards, 330ha of olive trees, a forest area comprised of cork oak and stone pine and several dams to meet the irrigation requirements.
From the social aspect, the company is the largest employer of the Alter do Chão Municipality, thereby contributing to the economic and social development of the region.
Vale Barqueiros decided at the beginning that they would use the most advanced technologies available in the field of viticulture and also for the olive groves. A drip feed irrigation system was installed to give both the vines and the olive trees the best possible care to maximise the quality of the crop. It also has partnerships with international experts who have contributed to the development of the “know how” of the estate itself and as a result Vale Barqueiros has become a reference for the latest technologies.
The combination of medium potential production soils (sandy-clay), the smooth hilly landscape that gives a beautiful undulating look and great growing conditions to the vineyards and a milder climate typical of the Northeast Alentejo, results in the distinct "terroir" of Vale Barqueiros which is reflected in the special characteristics of its wines.
The beautiful family estate house, winery and housing complex, harmoniously buil tand strategically well located, provides a magnificent view over the vineyards, lakes and the olive plantation.
The 122 hectares of vineyards of the estate are planted in bilateral cordon system, with the predominance of Portuguese grape varieties, particularly Aragonês and Trincadeira, the two most important of the Alentejo region, as well as Touriga Nacional, Arinto, Antão Vaz and Tamarez complemented by the internationally renowned Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.