XII CENTURY VINEYARDS - IN THE FAMILY, SINCE 1861
FROM OLD VINESYARDS
Vinha da Ordem vineyard history dates back to the Foundation of Portugal, at the beginning of the 12th century.
After long and violent struggles to reconquer the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors, much of the recovered territory, including Valhelhas, had suffered devastating effects with high population losses.
A mountain wine, from a vine 570 meters in Serra da Estrela Natural Park.
With the typical varieties of the Beira Interior region, among them, Jaen, Rufete, Marufo, Baga, Castelão da Beira. Fresh wine that privileges the primary natural aromas, dominance of red fruits. Balanced tannins and graduation, allowing a great aging in the bottle.
An orange wine, result of the skin maceration and seven day tanning. Made with a mixture of very old regional white grape varieties, such as Síria and Fonte Cal, among the best known. A white wine produced as if it was red. Revealing the body and dense texture capable of aging as good as a red.
Mixture of white, pink and red varieties previously defined at the time of planting the vine hundred years ago. The grapes are vinified with tanning so that the final wine is claret, which in the Middle Ages was known as red wine and had a deep religious significance.
VINE AND REGION
Vinha de Ordem is located in the village of Valhelhas in the central region of Portugal, inside Beira Interior, 20 km equidistant between Covilhã, Belmonte, Guarda and Manteigas.
This small and very old vineyard, is hidden in a valley next to the River Zêzere, where a type of wine that has been drunk in Portugal and Europe for eight centuries, claret or rosé wine, is produced from centenary vines.
In charge of Professor Virgílio Loureiro and Professor Manuel Ferreira Malfeito, the recovery of the ancient oenology and tradition of the production of medieval red wines, was the motto for this adventure.
Recently recognized by the UNESCO Estrela Geopark, Vinha da Ordem, carries with it the testimony of centuries of winemaking tradition, as well as a natural and geological heritage to be preserved in the heart of Serra da Estrela Natural Park.
Vinha de Ordem has been, for generations, the support for the production of wine, but also the basis for the maintenance and development of a small biotope with numerous plant and animal species characteristic of this region.