The 300 hectares of Herdade do Freixo, which include the vines and the underground winery, now owned by Pedro Vasconcelos e Sousa and investment partners, together with another 700 hectares of the adjoining Estate owned by Pedro Vasconcelos e Sousa and his brother, and in the family for a number of generations, make up around 1,000 hectares of the deepest Alentejo landscape.
This Alentejo property, in the village of Freixo, is listed as a Municipal Ecological Reserve (REN). It is a peaceful patchwork landscape whose colours change depending on the different agricultural activities carried out on it. Pasture for cattle, arable crops and cork oak forests are included in the network for environmental protection and development.
This veritable Eden, whose essence is a respect for nature, every season becomes home to flocks o migratory birds and the rare Black Stork, which in Portugal is only found in the remotest inland, low population areas. An grove of ancient olive trees surrounds the irrigation dam, making up our Olive Tree Garden. There are also olive trees that are hundreds or perhaps thousands of years old across the whole Estate. They have survived the passage of time and now stand out in all their striking uniqueness.
The Estate also has an interesting archaeological heritage due to its megalithic monuments and Roman remains.
The homeland of our grapes is the 26 hectares of vines that on the Estate's highest hill where the vines are soaked in sunshine and benefit from the prevailing breeze. They surround a small oasis of cork and holm oaks, which provide shelter for the birds that fly over our land.
“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”