THE VINEYARD 'SENHOR DOUTOR D'ÉVORAMONTE'
The name “Senhor Doutor d’Evoramonte” is derived from the name used by the villagers for Dutch winemaker, Jeroen ter Kuile, and also gently mocks the pompous tone often found on wine labels.
Jeroen, and his wife Nel van Beuningen, together with the help of the English wine farmer Philip Mollet, make their own wine at their “monte” (farmhouse), which is located at the foot of Evoramonte castle. They make red, white and rosé wines, using typical Portuguese grapes, such as Touriga Nacional and Alvarinho. The high quality of the wines comes from a combination of careful vineyard management, precise selection of the grapes using the traditional handpicking method, and the expertise of talented, winemaker Antonia Macanita.
The first section of the vineyard was planted in 2006 with Touriga Nacional. In 2013, more Touriga Nacional was planted, along with Alicante Bouchez, Aragonez and Alvarinho. In 2014, Antao Vaz, Roupeiro, Verdelho and Arinto were all planted, mixed amongst each other. The wine is made in the adega of the winemaker and ripens further in the adega of the wine farmer.
SPECIALTIES OF THE WINES
The white wine with the name "Field Blend" is created from four different types of Portuguese grapes, which are already mixed together in the vineyard. These different grapes are all planted amongst each other, as opposed to the conventional method of being separated by sort rows for each sort. This way of planting makes healthier plants. The soil composition in the vineyard is also very varied. All together, these specific features result in a wine that contains many different and unique combinations of grape varieties. The other white wine, named Alvarinho, is made of this grape variety of which normally only Vinho Verde is made. The Senhor Doutor Alvarinho is heavy and classic. Both white wines are ripened on wooden barrels. The red wine already received more than 90 Robert Parker points and the rosé is not sweet and has a strong taste.