Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Defesa do Esporão Red 2021

2021 2020 2019 2018 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Red White

Wine Concept

A wine with a contemporary style, featuring an elegant and intense profile. These wines convey the character of select and distinct parcels on the Estate.


The 2021 agricultural year was a rainy year. During the vegetative rest period (Autumn – Winter) precipitation values were higher than the average of the last 22 years, with temperatures remaining mild. These precipitation values led to the fact that, at the beginning of the vegetative cycle (spring), practically all the soils had their water reserves completely reestablished. The budburst occurred earlier, and the higher temperatures observed during the spring accelerated the vegetative development until flowering. In summer, the milder temperatures contributed to a regular development of the vegetative cycle, allowing maturation to take place in a regular and balanced manner.

Granite/schist origin with clay/loam structure.

13 years.

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

Each variety harvested separately, destemmed, crushed, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures (22-25oC) in stainless steel tanks, pressed, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

More Information

In the 18th century, João de Aboim, a descendent of Egas Moniz and an important figure in the time of King Afonso III, created, from the different lands given by the Monsaraz and Portel municipalities, Defesa do Esporão one of the oldest estates of this type in Southern Portugal.

Defesas were large demarcated estates that were defended against grazing cattle from other areas and directly linked to the founding of Portugal during the Christian reconquest of the south. Examples of agro-forestry and pastoralist systems, defesas had a variety of uses. Deriving from the Mediterranean forest, at the time of the founders, the defesas reclaimed land from forests for the purpose of pasture.

Defesa do Esporão was one of the key examples of this type of estate linked to the founding of Portugal. Its boundaries, which were established in the late-13th century by a charter kept at Torre do Tombo national archive, have remained unchangend until today.

For centuries, the estate has employed agro-forestry and pastoralist methods based on the preservation of biodiversity and a multifunctional system that Esporão considers best practice to protect our ecosystem.

Wine Makers

Sandra Alves & João Ramos


Intense ruby colour.


Intense berry and red plum aromas, with forest floor notes.


Rich and intense, with a vibrant texture. A long and balanced finish.


750 ml


April 2022


14 %

Total Acidity

6.6 g/l



Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.3 g/l