lunes, 20 de agosto de 2012

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida - Adega da Cartuxa (D.O. Alentejo)


The Cartuxa winery is owned and managed by the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation. It is situated in Évora, a World Heritage Site, in the spectacular Alentejo region of Portugal. In this historic setting, the Foundation has invested in quality and technology whilst respecting and preserving the winery's heritage. Pêra-Manca, Scala Coeli, Cartuxa, Foral de Évora and EA comprise de current portfolio of the winery.

- Winery: The grapes are processed at the famous Cartuxa Winery, a former Jesuit house that was designated a national treasure in 1755. A wine press was already there in operation in 1776. In this historic setting the Eugénio de Almeida Foudation has invested in quality as well preserving its heritage and the house boasts a sizeable modern winery. Continuous research and development devoted to acquiring  knowledge of the vines, the grape varieties and wine making techniques have resulted in wines with character and a distinctive style.

- Vineyards:
. Arinto: The wines have an opened citric colour and regarding its scent these wines have two distinct phases. When young they present notes of some citric fruit and, sometimes,  some mineral, being medium intense. With the aging they develop scents of honey and kerosene. Tastefully are some what acid and show notes of fruit, with excellent complexity. A grape that compensates the absence of natural acidity in most cultivation white grapes.
. Roupeiro: The wines obtained from it present defined citric shades and an intense, delicate and balanced scent, where notes of little mature tropical fruits and citrons stand out. Regarding flavor, the Roupeiro wines show a little acidity, whit fruited and youth marched characteristics, especially when still young.
. Antão Vaz: The wines produced from the cast Antão vaz, have a citric colour and a scent of medium intensity, but of great delicacy and complexity, where notes of mature tropical fruits stand out. Tastefully, the wines are soft, slightly acid and structured, maintaining its delicacy and the fruitiness regarding its scent. The final is persistent and harmonious; it is a cast of high qualitative potential.
. Trincadeira: The wines obtained from it present an intense grained colour when young, and is its scent are perceptible some notes of plum raisin. Prevails an herbal scent associated to spices and some pepper. As they evolve they develop scents of jam and a huge complexity and delicacy. Tastefully the Trincadeira  wines are soft, some what acid, showing notes very similar to the scent. In elementary form or in parcel, it contributes determinedly to the quality and type of the Alentejo’s wines.
. Aragonez: The wines obtained from it are well provided with colour substance and aromatically intense and complex. Initially these wines develop scents of plum and wild fruits that grow to its full taste. Tastefully soft, the elementary Aragonez wines are some what acid, structured, tannin and quite complex. They present qualities that contribute to the present valorization of the array.
. Tinta Caiada: The wines obtained from it present a grained colour, not too deep, as long has the harvest is done in the appropriate time, having delicate intense and balanced scents, where notes of plum raisin and wild fruits stand out. They are tastefully soft and simultaneously delicate, reproducing the scented notes already referred, with a harmonious end.

- Wine Tourism: Two kilometres from World Heritage denominated city of Evora, and 200 metres from the Cartuxa Monastery from which it takes its name, the Cartuxa Wine Tourism Centre is located at Quinta de Valbom, the former refectory of the retreat for the Jesuits who taught at the University of Evora in the 16th and 17th centuries. When the Jesuits were expelled in 1759 by the then Prime Minister, Marquês de Pombal, the property was taken over by the state. In 1776 it took on a new function as a significant wine cellar producing wines from the region’s grapes. Acquired in the 19th century by the family of Eugénio de Almeida, the Adega Cartuxa (Cartuxa Winery) has undergone various renovations and extensions over the years, but never at the cost of its rich history and architecture. Adega Cartuxa – Quinta de Valbom is now the cellar for aging wines produced by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation. The success of this winegrowing venture generates the necessary funds to allow the Foundation to fulfill its mission of social, cultural and educational development in the region.

- Foundation: The Eugénio de Almeida Foundation is a private institution of public utility, whit its head Office in Évora. Its statutes were drafted by the Founder himself, Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, when it was set up in 1963.

The Foudation’s practical objectives are cultural, educational and social welfare, and it as the further aim of supporting developments and improvements in the Évora region.

Amongst its assets, granted by the Founder to provide the economic basic for the furtherance of its objectives, there are a number  of rural properties of 6.687 acres within the Évora region, witch 5.500 acres are used by the Foundation to carry on farming activities, animal husbandry, viticulture and some industry.

Vineyards are an integral part of Alentejo Region since time immemorial, and the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation also has history of viticulture. It as been making its own wine since  the 19th century, at the Cartuxa winery.

The Foundation handles the direct management of its rural assets by engaging in agri-livestock and industrial farming, in order to ensure the Foundation’s economic self-sustainability and the achievement of its aims, while also helping to promote the region’s economic and social development. As far as the agricultural sector is concerned, the Foundation’s investment and production policy goals focus mainly on turning traditional Alentejo crops into profitable crops, keenly competing on the market on both quality and price.

The Eugénio de Almeida Foundation also manages some 1,900 ha of forest and extensive areas of pasture for livestock, where local breeds of sheep and cattle - earmarked for meat production - predominate.

Key elements of this technologically innovative project are grape and olive growing, producing red and white wine under the Pêra-Manca, Scala Coeli, Cartuxa, Foral de Évora and EA labels, and olive oil under the Cartuxa, EA and Álamos labels. Included in the Alentejo DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin), Évora sub-region, these wines remain faithful to the Alentejo’s traditional ones, with the characteristics of the grape varieties from which they originate quite discernible. They are very popular with the wine-buying public, thanks to the high quality grapes, the use of cutting-edge technology and the care taken at all stages until they reach the markets. Olive oil is another of the Foundation's strategic investments, returning to a centuries-old tradition of the Alentejo region and Mediterranean culture.

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida
Adega da Cartuxa - Quinta de Valbom
Estrada da Soeira | 7000-769 Évora
Tel: (+351) 266 748 380   |   Fax: (+351) 266 700 024 |

Postal Adress:
Páteo de S. Miguel | Apartado 2001
7001-901 Évora

GPS: 38º 35' 08.55" N | 07º 55' 09.41'' O

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