Definitely, the best-known winery from Portugal’s Alentejo wine region (east of Lisbon in Reguengos de Monsaraz), the history of Herdade do Esporao’s estate goes back 700 years. The boundaries were first established in 1267.
The modern winery today boasts three historic monuments on its estate: a medieval Tower, the Bow and the Chapel (all declared national heritage monuments) and were recently restored by Esporao’s owners, Finagra. The tower is particularly impressive, built in 1457 by Morgado Álvaro Mendes de Vesconcelos, a knight in the household of the Duke of Braganca and governor of the Roman city of Evora.
The story of the winery is more recent, beginning in 1973 when Joquim Bandeira and Dr. José Alfredo Parreira Holtreman Roquette bought the estate and began their ambitious winemaking venture, right in the middle of political transition in Portugal.
The last 25 years have seen major investment, innovation and the launching of new products apart from wine such as high-quality olive oils, cheese and vinegar.
Truly one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking wineries in Portugal, it is an absolute delight for the wine tourist. They have been leaders in wine tourism, and have organised the infrastructure for guests to enjoy a fascinating visit of the estate, the historic monuments, the vineyards and of course the atmospheric cellars.