From the Wine Tourism building, surrounded by vineyards, we move down to a cooler spot where, on hot days, the temperature helps restore our energy. We’re talking about the Barricas Cellar where the wines rest in French and American oak barrels. In this vast corridor, the atmosphere is favourable for the wine to age and, aside from the mild temperature, the silence is impressive.
We now reach the olive mill, a large building constructed to be viewed and visited from the outside. Through large arches and extensive windows, we see how the olive oil is produced without generating residues and reusing all of the by-products. The visit ends with a view of the deposit room (lined with cork). In another room, a display of bottles from the past and a film about the manufacturing process help tell the story of olive oil production at Esporão.
From the winery, we can see the Historic Centre. A medieval legacy comprised of the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Chapel, the Esporão Tower and the Esporão Arch, this stop is a must on the tour.
Off the estate’s beaten path, there are more landscapes to be explored. Choose one of the Trails and discover some of the species that inhabit the estate. There are storks, herons, round-winged eagles and, sometimes, you can see otters.
The trip back to the Wine tourism is made on a fully belly and with watchful eyes; the dusk invites hares to leave their burrows. There’s still time for a quick visit to the shop. There we can find exclusive wines like amphora wines, experiments and older vintages.
More than 750 years old, Herdade do Esporão is a place to be lived to the fullest. One day is not enough to take in everything it has to offer, in one of the most inspiring landscapes in the region.
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