Text Bruno Mendes
It was in 1988, in Vidigueira, near the Serra do Mendro and specifically in Cortes de Cima that Hans and his wife Carrie decided to settle in order to start a family and to plant a vineyard. In 1991 the first vines were planted and the option, contrary to what would be expected, fell on red grape varieties. Among them, and “against” the DOC regulations at the time, was the Syrah, which achieved such success that led to the amendment of these regulations.
The property consists of 400 hectares, of which 140 are planted vineyard, 112 with the red varieties Aragonês, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Petit Verdot, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 28 hectares with the white varieties Antão Vaz, Alvarinho, Verdelho, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Gouveio e Chardonnay.
To get to know more about the history of Cortes de Cima see the video below and stay tuned for our upcoming article next week.