In connection with the Portuguese VINIPAX consumer wine fair in the Beja municipality in Southern Portugal a group of international journalists from FIJEV visited several producers, among them Herdade da Mingorra.
Owner Henrique Uva cultivated the estate’s 135 acres of vines for the past 30 years, producing high quality grapes that sold at a premium to Alentejo’s top wineries. In the past decade the price for grapes fell in Portugal and Henrique was torn between tearing up his vineyard replanting with higher-priced crops, or starting his own winery.
Happily Henrique made the right choice – starting his own winery.
During the visit full time winemaker Pedro Hipólito gave us a tour of this expansive, state of the art winery along with Henrique’s daughter Maria, who is also in charge.
During the lunch and tasting, the wines were very balanced and it’s obviously made with much attention to detail.
The pointer dogs, living at the winery, were a source of much amusement. Upon arrival, they were feasting on the freshly killed partridge meant for lunch – the housekeepers went out with shotguns to shoot some more. Then, when we were enjoying fortified wine in the farmhouse living room, it was interesting (coincidence?) that their beautiful spotted coats matched the décor perfectly.
Maria and her father, as well as Pedro Hipólito, were gracious hosts and a very memorable visit.