Located in the heart of the Alentejo region, the Herdade do Esporão Estate was established in 1267. Having passed through various families and Counts of the region, the property has been owned by the Roquette family since 1973. Their first wine was bottled in 1985. Herdade do Esporão are keen to preserve what is genuine and traditional, but seek to combine this with innovation. At the heart of all Esporão projects is the preservation of the environment and biodiversity. Wine production is overseen by the well respected and highly experienced winemaker David Baverstock, who is at the forefront of modern Portuguese winemaking. His philosophy is to create authentic and exciting wines, taking full advantage of Portuguese heritage and grape diversity and combining it with a contemporary approach. Herdade do Esporão is characterised by the diversity of its volcanic and schist soils. Warmed by the Alentejo sun, which is tempered by cool Atlantic breezes, the Estate stretches for over 1800 hectares and includes 500 hectares of vineyards and 82 hectares of olive trees. Sustainable production methods are used throughout and a large area of vineyards is currently being converted for organic production.
Aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels a combination of new and older barrels. Aromas of mature red berries and oak spice. Full bodied on the palate with a firm tannin structure, plenty of fruit and a long spicy finish. The label changes each year with a different artist commissioned.