Agricultural Practices

Herdade do Esporão’s stock

Herdade do Esporão’s stock

The sheep

Sheep play a very important role in controlling weeds in the vineyard, during winter dormancy, and on neighbouring land, thus preventing forest fires. The animals’ morning stroll is invaluable for maintaining our soils and cultures, thus avoiding the use of chemicals.

It is not advisable to let them roam the olive grove as they may eat the olives themselves.

The Pigs
The Alentejo pig is raised in traditional fashion at Herdade do Esporão, on holm oak and cork oak dehesas. Here, the tradition of montanheira (the last fattening stage of the black pigs of this breed) is celebrated in February, when our pigs freely graze on what they can find at the dehesa.