THE VINEYARD. FIGUEIRA DE CIMA STATE.
The vineyard is set amid the S. Mamede hills, in a place of immense beauty – five hundred acres of meadows streaked with green, gold and intense brown. The scenery is filled with sky and hills, oak and cork trees dotted like sheep across the landscape. The one hundred acres of vines are planted on the hilltop, which provides adequate natural drainage and excellent sunlight. The soil is mostly shale. The undulations of the terrain make the temperature vary hugely from night to day, which promotes the best ripening conditions for the grapes.
Alicante Bouschet ( The Reynolds main variety )
Was introduced in Portugal by the Reynolds family over a century and a half ago.
Alicante Bouschet or Alicante Henri Bouschet is a wine grape variety that has been widely cultivated since 1866. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet (itself a cross of the very old variety Teinturier du Cher and Aramon) and Grenache.