Herdade das Mouras de Arraiolos is a new winery in Alentejo’s district of Arraiolos, 130 km from Lisbon. The 320 ha (790 acres) estate with over 220 ha of vineyards was set up with the sole purpose of growing grapes for winemaking.
Nine red grape varieties (Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Aragonez, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Tinta Caiada) and four white grape varieties (Arinto, Antão Vaz, Perrum and Verdelho) are planted in parcels. The average yearly harvest is 3.000 tons.
Combining traditional techniques and modern production procedures, the 4.000 square-meter winery exclusively vinifies grapes grown in our vineyards. It has a processing capacity of around 3000 tons per year and a wine storage capacity of around 3.000.000 liters.
The state of art laboratory enables us to carry out the relevant analyses needed to ensure excellent quality control throughout the various stages of production from grape maturation control to harvesting, vinification, finishing and bottling, and also after-sales follow-up of stored or shelved wine.
A 3000 bottles per hour bottling line that allows for either standard bottles or smaller formats – 250 ml – with natural cork stoppers or screw-top caps is fully operational and equally permitting Bag-in-Box filling in all capacities.
And our 250 barrique ageing room has mostly French Allier oak barrels from several cooperages although there are quite a few America and Eastern European oak barrels too. This diversity of wood helps us to shape each aged wine’s character.