Fator XPTO: In Cortes de Cima, it’s time for the second generation – an evolution.
In 2019, the youngest daughter of Carrie and Hans Jorgensen, a Danish-American couple that started Cortes de Cima, returned to Vidigueira, Alentejo, to take over the farm and start a new chapter in the family business.
Anna turned the page, shifting from the past’s more conventional and intensive form of farming towards holistic, regenerative, and organic agriculture, a return to the roots of the old farm.
Cortes de Cima is no longer just a wine-producing estate but a herdade that also makes wine. It transitioned from monoculture to polyculture and decreased the total vineyard area from 240 to 99 ha of vineyards.
The focus is on biodynamic wisdom, going for manual viticulture, reducing irrigation, and restoring the soil. The animals are back. Geese, chickens, sheep, donkeys, and cows naturally fertilize the soil to minimize the need for weed control and fertilizers.
The team developed an in-depth study of the soil at the estate and reduction of vineyard area, focusing on the vineyards with the highest quality potential and the ability to express their terroir.
Old and indigenous vines are being revived. Preserving genetic diversity brings resilience and greater identity to the wines. In Cortes de Cima, the aim is to make fresh and elegant wines in a warm climate, showcasing the diversity of the terroirs and preserving the vitality that comes from thoughtful farming practices.
The goal is to inspire others through the transparency of their words and actions, commitment to change, and passion for the land.