I, D. Afonso, by devine grace, King of the Portuguese, with my wife and companion Queen D. Mafalda, grant this feudal land to you D. Bernardo, Abbot of Claraval, to your brothers and your successors throughout time, this place that goes by the name of Alcobaça… (declaration establishing the Monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaça, April 8th 1158)
Seeking the excellence of wines,
recovering the wine traditions of Alcobaça,
exploring the soil and climate peculiarities of the region.
Thus began the important colonization of the Cistercians in Alcobaça. The Chiqueda estate where they settled, near the Alcoa river and Évora de Alcobaça was one of the first created by the Monastery in 1227. With the monks already established in Alcobaça, Évora receives its carta de povoação, (declaration of township) in 1285, becoming one of the towns of the Coutos, the vast territory donated by D. Afonso Henriques to D. Bernardo de Claraval. With the lands cleared, vineyards, orchards and olive groves became important crops. There are references to the establishment of vineyards and the construction of a winery in Évora de Alcobaça dating back to 1397.
By decision of the Abbot of Alcobaça, Cardinal D. Henrique, who would later become King of Portugal, a Franciscan Convent for Capuchos monks is created, hence the name of the village Capuchos, that still persists and is now part of the county of Évora de Alcobaça.
Wines with origin
Honoring the history and spirituality of these lands and pursuing the arts of the agronomist monks of Alcobaça, the new viticulture of Quinta Dos Capuchos is geared towards obtaining one of the most remarkable products of the agricultural arts - wine.
Based on the conditions that only nature governs, the cultivation of the vineyard now develops according to different conditions and are much more demanding than in the past, for a clear objective: quality.
The vineyards of Quinta Dos Capuchos are located in the southern section of the Alcoa Valley, in the base of Serra dos Candeeiros, in clayey, rocky and difficult soils of the Jurassic, in a particular climatic context, where the already blurred Atlantic influence, contributes to excelente maturation conditions.
At the moment we have a vineyard area of 12 ha, with the red grape varieties Touriga Nacional, Castelao, Syrah, Tinta Roriz and Cabernet Sauvignon and white grapes varieties Arinto, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, we have prepared the installation of six more ha.
Our objective is to produce high quality wines, recovering the wine traditions of Alcobaça and exploring the region's soil and climate peculiarities - showing the excellence of the terroir.
Our vision is to obtain authentic wines, with a strong personality, in the perspective of obtaining the satisfaction of consumers, albeit within a framework of great commercial competitiveness.
We pursue the values of excellence in pursuit of the best; Social and environmental responsibility; Integrity, honesty and rigor; Innovation and tradition, perceiving the past and anticipating the future.