The Castelo Branco family made a huge effort to reconvert the agricultural activity in order to replace traditional rainfed cereal farming with more competitive crops such as vineyards and olive groves in the current international context.
The plantation of the vineyards began in 1995 as a result of careful selection of soils, sun exposure and grape varieties.
The following red varieties were selected:
Aragonês, Trincadeira, Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet.
And white: Antão Vaz, Arinto, Verdelho and Viognier.
The whole area has a drip irrigation system, which allows a perfect balance of the maturation of the grapes when facing long, very dry and hot summers. Managing the vineyards is carried out in an integrated production mode.
The harvest is carried out at night so that the grapes are harvested in the best conditions, at temperatures considerably lower than during the day, where they can reach 35 to 40º C. Harvesting is almost exclusively mechanical, allowing the grapes to be harvested quickly at the optimum point indicated by the maturation control analysis.
Sociedade Agrícola starts its wine activities in 2002 with the construction of the first phase of the wine cellar. The cellar is integrated into the secular architecture of Monte Paço do Conde, the Estate’s headquarters in the parish of Baleizão, municipality of Beja.
It currently vinifies the production of around 230 hectares of vines, all of which belong to the Castelo Branco family thus guaranteeing total and common control over all stages of the production process.
With a capacity of 2 500 000 liters the modern cellar combines tradition with advanced technology, which allows perfect winemaking capable of showing the excellent quality of the grapes. Equipped with an operating system that maximizes the smoothness of grapes transportation, wine masses and wines, ensuring that the entire winemaking process runs gently and the wine does not suffer sudden movements. The small-capacity fermentation vats allow the separate vinification of several varieties per vineyard plot.
With its modern and attractive lines, the wine cellar underwent a technological and wine making technique renovation to cope with the increase amount of grapes produced. High quality wines are produced and have been hugely successful not only in Portugal but in several countries.
And if the cellar is technically sophisticated, it is no less aesthetically. Vaulted ceilings and arcades give the place a charming architectural beauty.
Paço do Conde
Each bottle of this wine reveals the harmony of a chosen place in the south of Portugal, where for more than three thousand years man has cultivated excellence.
We selected the Antão Vaz grapes with the most quality from the Herdade Paço do Conde vineyards located in a microclimate region
of Alentejo ideal for white wines.
Full-bodied on the palate, soft tannins and a long-lasting finish.