Herdade do Rocim Alentejano Touriga Nacional
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Region: Alentejano, Portugal
Grape varieties: 100% Touriga Nacional
Herdade do Rocim Alentejano Touriga Nacional is dark, perfumed wine with ripe black currant flavors structured by ripe tannins and body.
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About Herdade do Rocim Alentejano Touriga Nacional
Herdade do Rocim Alentejano Touriga Nacional is dark, perfumed wine with ripe black currant flavors that are underlined by layers of tannins. This solid, fine wine is rich, still structured, and needs time to broaden.
About Herdade do Rocim
Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim on 100 hectares, 60 of which are under vine. Alentejo is sparsely populated and, in contrast to the rest of Portugal, has many large estates. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Having fairly reliable weather combined with the large plots of available land equates to quality at an affordable price. Wheat is the most important crop grown here, but olive trees, cork trees, and vineyards are all important agriculture here as well. Wines from Alentejo are becoming popular as consumers realize the great opportunities available here, and quality is improving exponentially. It is thought to be the new world inside the old world, with highly professional wineries using a scientific approach while respecting the terroir.
The Rocim estate was purchased by the late Jose Vieira, founder of the Movicortes group, a Portuguese company specializing in agricultural machinery, but has its roots in farming and vineyards. His daughter, Catarina Vieira, is in charge of the development of the estate and has her degree in Agronomical Engineering and a post-graduate course in Enology. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He has studied Enology at the UTAD (the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro) and worked with Hardy’s Wine Company in Australia. He has also worked on such projects as Herdade dos Grous, and Quinta do Valbom. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. With the birth of their son, Jose, Catarina, and Pedro look forward to carrying on the family business into the next generation.
Since purchasing, they have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state-of-the-art winery. With a complete overhaul of the vineyards, they could plant higher-quality varietals, including international grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet, and the indigenous and local varietals. They have also recently started to produce olive oil from 90-year-old trees, intending to recapture the region’s traditions, which are dotted with olive trees.
Located between Vidigueira and Cuba, in the Lower Alentejo region of Portugal, Rocim sits on the Vidigueira fault, a natural landmark that marks the border between the Upper and Lower Alentejo. The East-West facing escarpment of around 50 kilometers defines the climate of Vidigueira and, despite its deep-lying southern location, makes it one of the most temperate sub-regions in the Alentejo. This facilitates the domain’s goal of showcasing the region´s terroir while producing fresh, elegant, and mineral-driven wines.
Outside of the Alentejo, Vale da Mata is the name of a small vineyard located on the slopes of the Serra de Aire hills in Cortes, where Caterina’s grandfather, Manuel, believes he produced the best wine of his many years as a winemaker. Vale da Mata thereby recovers a family tradition and celebrates the return of good wines to a very special land.
After the Viera family took over the winery, they made a conscious decision to not only invest in the land and produce higher quality wine but also to invest and make sustainable contributions to the region’s development. The winery was built with the future in mind, and they have continued to make improvements. Catarina and her team strive to create elegant, complex, and strong wines. Inspired by her love and respect for her grandparents, her father and family, her connection with nature, and a true and unwavering passion for wine, Catarina continues to push the limits of what was believed to be possible in Alentejo. She believes that Rocim has great potential in producing high-quality wines with worldwide recognition and hopes to expand the brand under the umbrella of quality for the region. She has created a project that adds value to Alentejo and Portugal.