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Heredade do Rocim: Pedro Ribeiro, Winemaker/Owner
April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Included in your registration:
- Sample bottles (50ml ea, 1 sample bottle of the producer’s different wines to be showcased)
- Online Masterclass with the winery spokesperson
- Hosted by a Cork & Fork Logan Team Member
- 20% discount on all featured wines (minimum purchase of 3 bottles)
- Access to the online class, password protected (emailed after registration)
- Sample pack available for pick up after online event registration
- Sample pack available for shipping within the USA for $30 via FedEx
Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim on 100 hectares, 60 of which are under vine. Alentejo is sparsely populated and, in contrast to the rest of Portugal, has many large estates. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Having fairly reliable weather combined with the large plots of available land equates to quality at an affordable price. Wheat is the most important crop grown here, but olive trees, cork trees and vineyards are all important agriculture here as well. Wines from Alentejo are becoming popular as consumers realize the great opportunities available here, and quality is improving exponentially. It is thought to be the new world inside the old world, with highly professional wineries using a scientific approach while respecting the terroir.
The Rocim estate was purchased by the late Jose Vieira, founder of the Movicortes group, which is a Portuguese company that specializes in agricultural machinery, but has its roots in farming and vineyards. His daughter, Catarina Vieira, is in charge of the development of the estate and has her degree in Agronomical Engineering and a post-graduate course in Enology. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero, who has studied Enology at the UTAD (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro), and worked with the Hardy’s Wine Company in Australia. He has also worked on such projects as Herdade dos Grous and Quinta do Valbom. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. With the birth of their son, Jose, Catarina and Pedro look forward to carrying on the family business into the next generation.
Since purchasing, they have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. With a complete overhaul of the vineyards, they were able to plant higher-quality varietals, including international grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet, as well as the indigenous and local varietals. They have also recently started to produce olive oil from 90-year-old trees, with the intention of recapturing the traditions of the region, which is dotted with olive trees.