Herdade do Arrepiado Velho
XPTO Factor: A mix of tradition and boldness, irreverence and restraint…that’s António and that’s his wines.
Herdade do Arrepiado Velho is located in Sousel, about 40 km from Portalegre, in Alto Alentejo. In 2001 it saw the rebirth of a space that have been long abandoned. The Alentejo hill, of the century XIX, was rebuilt according to the traditional architecture of the region, magnificently preserved, full of spaces of rare beauty. With a total area of about 100 hectares, the dam stands out among vineyards and olive groves, in a mix of colors and tranquility, as only the Alentejo offers.
In charge of the project is António Antunes, responsible for the production of unique and seductive wines, which are born from modern oenology combined with tradition, and Marta Neto, responsible for the marketing and the bold and elegant design. Together, they overcome barriers and preconceived ideas, making wines out of the box and always with quality at the top of their ambitions.
In 2002, 33 hectares of vines were planted from scratch, in a terroir that rarely combines schist soils with steep slopes, with mild temperatures and plenty of water, natural characteristics that indicate great potential. David Both (wine grower) and António Maçanita (enologist) combined their knowledge, innovation and dedication, selected the varieties and created the so-called “Vinha dos 100 Pontos”. As of 2012, the vineyard is in charge of Nuno Ramalho, current winegrower. In reds, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon and in whites, Antão Vaz, Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier and Verdelho.