A CENTURIES-OLD FARMING TRADITION
The Castelo Branco family have made an effort to change their traditional cereal based agricultural activity to a more competitive agricultural activity such as vineyards and olive groves.
Planting began in 1995, after choosing areas with the right soil, exposure to the sun and vine variety. Our 200 hectares of vineyards, south-facing and set on sand-rich schist loam, are divided into gently-sloping areas. We used red wine grape varieties such as Aragonez, Trincadeira, Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet.
Our white varieties are Antão Vaz, Arinto, Verdelho and Viogner. The whole area is drip-watered, enabling perfect balance in the maturing of the grapes during the long, hot, dry summers.
Harvesting is done at night so that the grapes are harvested in the best conditions, at considerably lower temperatures than in the daytime, where they can reach 35º to 40º C. The harvest is almost exclusively mechanical, allowing the grapes to be quickly harvested at the optimum point indicated by maturation control analysis.
Our modern winery, with a capacity for 1.410.000 litres, combines traditional methods with advanced technology, enhancing perfect winemaking which brings out the excellent quality of our grapes. It was built in 2002, and is perfectly integrated into the architecture of Monte Paço do Conde, headquarters of the Herdade.
The Herdade Paço do Conde has belonged to the same family for more than three centuries. Today, the Castelo Branco brothers continue to manage the farm and develop the winery and olive oil mill, the PRIMARY PARTS of the company.
Herdade Paço do Conde’s mission continues its pursuit to lead the industry in the cultivation and creation of wine and olive oil, while offering its consumers a unique and innovative product of consistent and superior quality.
The Memory of our origins is a matter of honor, Herdade Paço do Conde is a family-controlled company dating back to five generations.
Of significant note and as part of the company’s rich historical heritage as the estate with more than 3000 ha.
Technological Innovation and a creative approach to the realities of the market guarantees a wine collection with notoriety.
The superior quality and consistency of wines has been recognized over the years in Portugal and beyond our borders in the most prestigious wine competitions.
At the Herdade the diversity is an everyday reality.
In addition to the 210 hectares of vines and the 1.700 hectares of olive groves, the Herdade enjoys the benefits of fields of wheat, sunflower, corn, orchards, as well as natural and sewn pastures.
All of our production adheres to the Integrated Production system, in accordance with the most rigorous EU environmental production laws.
Our environmentally-friendly philosophy, seen in every aspect of production, avoidS unnecessary use of fertilisers.
Diversity of species and cultivation enable the coexistence of traditional species of flora and fauna, a harmony which is reflected in the wines and olive oil of Herdade Paco do Conde.
Despite its familial nature, Herdade Paço do Conde project develops a highly demanding business and feds by a constant bet on innovation and on the recruitment of an experienced team. To guarantee our quality, we comply with a strict procedure manual that is certified with high quality standards.
Herdade Paço do Conde estate with a tradition of wine and olive oil making combined with a modern approach, is reflected in wines and olive oils that aimed at satisfying the keenest contemporary gourmet palate, while offering its consumers a unique and innovative experience evolving Wine, Olive Oil and Nature.
Selected from the finest grapes
Wine is born of the Earth. Every wine has its own personality.
Each terroir in herdade Paço do conde is a challenge. Each wine is the expression of a unique marriage of terroir, grape variety, blend and vintage, inspired by the knowledge of generations.