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First Symington’s family property outside the Douro region, after 136 years in their confort zone. Quinta da Fonte Souto is in the Portalegre subregion of the Alto Alentejo in southern Portugal. Close to the São Mamede range (1,025 metres), the property benefits from the area’s altitude with its cooler microclimate in sharp contrast to the Alentejo region’s typically hot and dry conditions.

Yields are low due to the schist and granite soils, which are different thatn those commonly found in the flat and rolling terrain which characterizes the majority of the Alentejo.

There are 207 hectares on Quinta Fonte de Souto, of which 43 are planted with vines. The principal grape varieties are Aragonês, Alfrocheiro, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the vineyard, the property includes several crops such as 40 hectares of "Montado" (cork an oalm oak trees), 9.5 hectares of cherry fields, 5.3 hectares of Chestnu trees and 4.4 hectares of olive trees.

In the property there is a large forested area amounting to 100 hectares, a third of which is covered with cork oaks, very much a feature of the Alentejo landscape.

The first vintage utook place in 2017, and the grapes were vinified on site in the estate’s well-equipped winery. The debut vintage couldn’t have been more auspicious and we produced some very good white and red wines. The exceptionally hot and dry debut year showed the benefit of the vineyard’s altitude, which ranges from 490 to 550 metres.

 
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Estrada de Alegrete – Reguengo e São Julião
7300-404 Portalegre

T.+351 914 258 384

joao.mendes@fontesouto.com
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