Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Monte Velho Altitude


Wine Concept

This limited edition reinforces the diversity of the Alentejo. Originating from our vineyards in the hills of Serra de São Mamede (Portalegre), in the north of the Alentejo region, it is planted at an altitude of up to 600m. Here, the summers are cooler and more humid, resulting in a balanced, fresh wine with good potential for aging.


Integrated Production Mode

A cold, dry winter was followed by a rainy start to the spring, restoring soil moisture levels suitable for the beginning of the growing cycle. The fact that spring temperatures, and even mid-summer temperatures, were milder than in previous years led to the whole cycle being delayed, but allowed good plant development. The continental climate, softened by the altitude, brings about a summer with lower temperatures and higher humidity than in the south of the province, which allows for slow and regular maturation, ideal for preserving the freshness, texture, concentration, and complexity of this wine.

Predominantly granitic soils, interspersed with shale patches, with an altitude of 200 to 600m.

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Lote de Vinhas Velhas

Vinification / Maturation

Harvesting, destemming, crushing, alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats (at 22 to 25ºC), pressing followed by malo-lactic fermentation in a stainless steel vat.

More Information

Monte Velho Altitude limited edition is named after its origins: the vineyards in the hills of Serra de São Mamede, in Portalegre, with an altitude of up to 600m. Vineyards with granitic soils with shale patches, where the summers are cooler and more humid, resulted in a more balanced and fresh wine, with good aging potential.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves.


Clear appearance, intense ruby red.


Forest fruits and blueberries, with a distinct freshness, some moss and freshly ground black pepper.


In the mouth it is intense, elegant and moreish, with notes of ripe but fresh red fruits and hints of minerality.


750 ml


September 2019


14 %

Total Acidity

6.23 g/l



Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.0 g/l