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ORGANIC

We’re proudly biodynamic, organic, holistic and regenerative.

Words carry weight, so it would be simplistic to define ourselves with just one. We proudly declare ourselves to be biodynamic, organic, holistic and regenerative.

A abordagem de agricultura orgânica que temos é, para nós, um compromisso. Significa que não utilizamos produtos de síntese química, e que seguimos, em vez disso, práticas de maneio subtil das culturas.

Aqui, na Tapada de Coelheiros, utilizamos produtos de base natural, como leite, extratos de algas e de plantas, de forma a aumentar a resistência da flora, exponenciando-a em vez de a desgastarmos.

The focus is on restoring and enhancing soil fertility so that its microbial life (bacteria and fungi that compose it) can maintain their natural processes, truly acting as healers of the land. We are merely facilitators of these processes.

Enoturismo Tapada de Coelheiros

Practices

Water management

Monitorizamos o uso da água através dos caudilímetros, rega gerida com sondas de solo, e de uma estação meteorológica própria.

Gestão da água Tapada de Coelheiros

Energy

We monitor water via water meters, irrigation managed with soil probes, and our own weather station. Throughout the property, various water troughs, for instance, operate autonomously through photovoltaic solar panels.

Shelters

Our solar park supplies us with clean energy. For example, the different drinking fountains throughout the estate function autonomously via photovoltaic solar panels.

Abrigos Tapada de Coelheiros

Grazing

Our flock consists of more than 1300 lambs, which graze in the cork oak forests, fertilize the soil, and maintain the balance of the vegetation cover.

Pastoreio Tapada de Coelheiros

Plant cover

Our flock is made up of over 1300 lambs, which graze the montados, fertilise the soil and maintain the right amount of plant cover. It enhances soil fertility through the diversity of microorganisms associated with the root complex of the vegetation cover, while also increasing natural drainage and aeration capacity, preventing erosion.

 Tapada de Coelheiros

Riparian galleries

They allow the free movement of biodiversity throughout all areas of Tapada de Coelheiros, among different crops. With riparian galleries (vegetation along watercourses), we protect the water lines and enhance existing biodiversity.

Tapada de Coelheiros

Direct seeding

We believe that conventional tillage depletes the richness of the soil. Therefore, we choose to use direct seeding, thereby contributing to the improvement of soil fertility and health in our meadows.

Sementeira directa Tapada de Coelheiros

Natural preparations

We could call them homemade remedies that have stood the test of time. We prepare biodynamic solutions, plant extracts, and fern tea that are applied in the vineyard to introduce crucial microorganisms and enhance its health.

Reparos Naturais Tapada de Coelheiros

Terroir

Our soils are clayey, of granitic origin with various textures, and feature gentle slopes. The cork oak forest is encompassing, representing 600 of the 800 hectares of the property. The mosaic of crops is nourished by a network of small streams and watercourses. It is the source of freshness, maintaining moderate temperatures and creating ideal conditions for the parallel ecosystems (forests and groves) that exist here.

Tapada de Coelheiros Imagem Aérea

Winery

The “less is more” maxim is taken very seriously in the winery. The main focus is on manual labour, the quality of the oak and respect for how long different things take. Employing small-scale production, there are single-plot wines and others bottle-aged for years. The grapes are treated with the utmost respect and care, then processed with minimal use of technology. Ageing wine in subtle oak takes time and patience – and this dedication can be felt in the wines.

Adega Tapada de Coelheiros

Vineyards

There are nine vineyards, divided into 38 sections: Leonilde, Choupal, Monte, Alto, Taco, Cabido, Sobreira de Cima, Sobreira de Baixo and Ribeira. Apart from all being certified as organic, they’re all unique. We have vineyards that were planted four decades ago, while others are just months old. The soils vary: some are sandy, loamy, clay rich, granite based, others quartz based. There are 53 disperse hectares, 60% of which are non-irrigated. We prioritise indigenous grape varieties, the best acidity levels or the lowest alcohol content.

Vinhas Tapada de Coelheiros

Walnut orchard

There are several groves in Tapada de Coelheiros, the oldest being in its thirties. Different walnut varieties are produced in different groves.

Pomar de Nogueiras Tapada de Coelheiros

Olive Grove

Planted in around two hectares of fertile soil, the olive grove is around 60 years old. Traditionally spaced and very dense, the canopies are so wide they touch one another, while protecting the soil with their extensive shade.

Olival Tapada de Coelheiros

Pine Forest

There are three clusters of stone pines. Due to the different types that exist and the pines’ varied characteristics (age, size), there are small woods within the huge pine forest. As its name suggests, Pinhal do Alto is very tall, which allows for different strata of trees and shrubs.

Pinhal Tapada de Coelheiros

Montado

The montado inspires all the estate’s crops and may be, for that reason, the most important of all. There are 650 hectares of cork oaks (70%) and holm oaks (30%) in this multi-faceted system. The montado, which is a unique type of agroforestry, plays a vital role in carbon sequestration and creates a virtually perfect system. In the woods, there is a diversity of species (accommodating sheep and deer, as well as seeded meadows), and natural regeneration of species is protected (more than 3,000 protected young cork oaks, adult cork oaks, and holm oaks).

Tapada de Coelheiros Orgânico