1400 to 1900 ft
From Tortosendo at the foot of the Serra D’Estrela Mountains in the Beira Interior, José Almeida Garrett manages Almeida Garrett winery. Their vineyards are located in the Vale de Gardunha and along the southern slopes of the Serra de Gardunha. José is the direct descendant of the famous 19th century Portuguese diarist, poet and freedom fighter Almeida Garrett, which became the brand used for the wines.
The vineyards belong to the Beira Interior region, which runs up the eastern side of the country, bridging the Alentejo and Douro, and lie on granitic soils in the hills below the Serra de Estrela mountain range. The winery was established in 1993, as the only privately-owned wine estate in the region. José Almeida Garrett is a winemaker, who constantly plays with the Portuguese and international varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz a.k.a. Tempranillo, Syrah, and Trincadeira, blending them into a range of exciting combinations. He also makes a Chardonnay as a single varietal.
The winery has a vineyard near Tortosendo, where some 12 ha of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz were planted on granitic soil. Vines are more than 30 years old and they thrive at about 450 metres above the sea level. Another vineyard is close to the river Zezere (350 m altitude) on sandy granitic soil (about 16 ha). Third vineyard (about 16 ha) is planted above the town of Covilhã, almost 600 metres above the sea and the vines are 22 year old.
The vines ripen slowly in the foothills, as the climate and altitude allow them so, which eventually results in wines with full range of exciting flavors and charming vibrancy as well.
Almeida Garrett wines are excellent wines and an awesome value for money. They represent an extraordinary mix of wines produced from indigenous Portuguese and international grape varieties.