THE VINEYARD. FIGUEIRA DE CIMA STATE.
The forty hectares of vineyard are planted on the hilltop, which provides adequate 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. A perfect setting for the Reynolds’ cult of growing special grapes. The main varieties cultivated are the traditional in the region: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Arinto and Alicante Bouschet – the latter was introduced into Portugal by Robert and Jonh Reynolds, his younger brother, over a century and a half ago and it is still used as the base of Reynolds red wines.
The Reynolds Wine Growers estate is by the National Park of S. Mamede hills, near Portalegre, in the Northern Alentejo region, a place of immense beauty – five hundred acres of meadows streaked with green, gold and intense brown. The scenery there is filled with sky and hills, oak and cork trees dotted like sheep across the landscape. The farm house and the winery are amid the vineyard, which avoid a long transportation of the grapes during the harvest.
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.