Located in the foothills of the Serra D’Ossa, only 22mi (35km) north of Evora, Herdade da Maroteira is a 1300ac-estate (540ha) which has belonged to the same Anglo-Portuguese family for over 5 generations since mid-19th century. Back then, Robert Reynolds invested in the Alentejo cork oak forest to supply the Port Wine industry need in the north of Portugal.
For around 150 years, besides cork, the estate produced mainly livestock and a bit of olives. In 2000, Philip Mollet, current owner and manager, revolutionised the farm strategy and decided to plant vineyard. The chosen Syrah grape variety turned out to be an outstanding success in the form of the internationally acclaimed Cem Reis wine. Later, a delightful selection of reds, whites and rosés was the outcome of the Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz and Touriga Nacional plantation in an open valley.
In 2004, agro-tourism (or farm tourism) became the natural evolution of the estate, ideal to relax in a scenic and historic part of the Alentejo, Portugal. This is the perfect environment for peacefully venturing into 4×4 or hiking tours focused on the amazing world of cork… or for birdwatching… of for stargazing. The usual seasonal farm activities throughout the year can occur all around you: cork oaks being manually stripped (May/June), wine harvest, sheep lambing and shearing, olive picking. During autumn and winter, black pigs from Spain (from which the bellota hams are made) roam freely on the farm, feeding on the acorn.
We will be extremely glad to show you our lovely piece of the world when you pay us a visit to experience Herdade da Maroteira for the day. And be delighted to have you spend the night at the Cork Lodge, Til’s Cottage or the Main Farmhouse we created, together with nature, to welcome you. Either way, we are looking forward to meet you soon!
Some of the finest award-winning reds, whites and rosés from selected handpicked grapes