A winery crucial to the regeneration of the ‘monte’ and farming estate

The winery represents one of the crucial areas for the regeneration of the estate, producing first-class single-estate wines, created by the award-winning winemaker Susana Esteban. From its own 15 hectares of vineyards, come the hand-picked grapes which form the basis of limited bottlings, the remaining grapes carefully blended before being matured. The winery comprises a symmetrical vault that is home to two fermentation vats for grape-stomping, and seven concrete vats on each side, with capacity for around 80,000 litres of wine. Adjacent, you can find a room with French oak barrels and clay amphorae, as well as venues for tastings. Alongside the pool, the winery is one of the estate’s locations where Souto de Moura’s architecture is most visible.

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A terroir that manifests itself naturally in each harvest

Recognising the area’s outstanding terroir more than a century ago, São Lourenço do Barrocal’s founder helped to foster the region’s reputation for winemaking, today one of the most notable in Portugal, by planting many thousands of vines in the 19th century.

At the heart of the Alentejo winemaking region and influenced by the Alqueva lake, the climate in the estate alternates between hot, dry days, and cool and humid nights, which facilitates the gradual maturation process of the grapes. Vines rooted in clay, granite and schist soils, with low levels of groundwater, and cared for only by natural production methods – such as the planting of lupine and fava beans between the vineyard’s rows or the manual pruning of bunches to rebalance the plant – originate quality grapes, extremely aromatic, each year of harvest reflecting a unique terroir.

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Susana Esteban

The winemaker:
Susana Esteban

Our wines result from a meticulous work, led by the award-winning winemaker Susana Esteban, renowned for her fresh and vibrant creations. The surprising number of indigenous grape varieties that can be found in Portugal made Susana, a native of Spain, take roots in the sunny Alentejo. Her work has been recognised both nationally and internationally, rewarding her with the most prestigious prize that a winemaker can receive in Portugal, the title of “Winemaker of the Year”, by Revista de Vinhos, making her the only woman to earn this distinction to date.

Wine in numbers

Farming estate since 1820 200 years of winemaking marked by the pioneer plantation of 1,000,000 vines
Total planted area 150,000 square meters of vineyards on the property

Grape varieties

Roupeiro, the oldest variety in the estate, was recovered with a plantation in 1990. In 2010, 10 ha were planted to introduce a diversity of indigenous and foreign varieties: Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, being the Verdelho, Arinto and Castelão varieties the most recent additions  

Wine harvest 30 to 60 days duration between August and September
Harvested grapes 40,000 kilos per year
Wine 30,000 bottles per year
Winery Fully operational inside the estate since 2016, with 14 concrete tanks, 2 fermentation vats for grape-stomping, 70 French oak barrels and 5 clay amphorae
Production under exclusive brand 10 years creating first-class single-estate wines under the São Lourenço do Barrocal brand (since 2011)
Organic method 1st harvest to be certified under organic production method in 2021

Wine tastings and visits to the winery

Discover our winery, located in the heart of the ‘monte’, and our winemaking tradition, as well as the grape varieties that are grown here. End the visit with a wine tasting, allowing the terroir to manifest itself in each bottle. Wine tastings and visits to the winery are held every day and require prior appointment. You can also take a short walk or bike ride through the estate's vineyards, framed by the castle of Monsaraz (at one’s leisure and not included in the visit to the winery).

You can buy São Lourenço do Barrocal wines here in our online shop.

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Wine tastings

Stroll through the vineyards of the estate and end the walk with a visit to our winery and a wine tasting of our exclusive blends.

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Take a basket filled with some of the best regional products, including the ones produced on the estate, and enjoy the scenery.

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