Herdade Grande is one of the most emblematic family estates in Alentejo, with a historic tradition both in the agricultural sector as well as in viticulture. Century old cradle of the Lança family, which since 1920 has owned this property located 5 km from Vidigueira, the Herdade Grande started bottling branded wines from 1997 onwards, assuming itself as one of the oldest and most reputed family brands in the region.
Linked to the wine production for ages, and carrying on with a local tradition, the production of Amphora Wine, Herdade Grande has, since 1980, increased its strategic bet on viticulture. The initial thrust was provided by the current owner, António Lança, charismatic agronomist who has restructured the existing vineyards, refining the existing varieties that today thrive along Herdade Grande’s 60 hectares (production capacity for 400,000 bottles).
His innovative and experimentalist vision has led to the combination of the region’s emblematic grapes with the main national and international vine varieties which, thru its adaptability and originality, better contribute to the genuine expression of Alentejo wines.
Herdade Grande’s terroir is strongly influenced by the micro-climate that characterizes Vidigueira, one of Alentejo’s eight DOC sub-regions. The wide thermal amplitudes, coupled with the strong predominance of shale poor soils, provide the unique conditions for the production of wines marked by a strong character and elegance, as well as freshness and minerality, which provide the region with a well-deserved reputation.
Herdade Grande celebrates Lança’s family fourth generation on its management, thanks to the contribution of Mariana Lança, daughter of António Lança, also an agronomist, with Masters in Viticulture and Winemaking, and a passionate by the homestead her great-grandfather discovered in 1920.