Wineries and Producers

Carcavelos

After years and years of inertia and apathy, it was in the 1980 that Ribeira de Caparide, Pesos and Samarra farms began to produce Carcavelos wine again and, because of that Cascais City Council decided to include those farms in the municipal heritage portfolio.  In the other hand, the municipality of Oeiras has invested considerable funds in the preservation and maintenance of the existing vineyard on old Marquis de Pombal farm (Quinta de Cima) on new plantation area, and in the recovery of cellars. As a result of this investment, Carcavelos wine increased its production. Currently, in addition to the municipality of Oeiras, there is also another producer: “Quinta dos Pesos” which - as "Villa Oeiras" – is a wine internationally awarded.

Quinta do Barão is one of the most iconic brands of the historical legacy concerning the Carcavelos wine production in the region. Today, although this farm disappeared, is still possible to find a few bottles of “Quinta do Barão” through the Agricultural Company of Sanguinhal. On the other hand, concerning Quinta da Ribeira de Caparide, property of the Patriarchate of Lisbon, we do not have accurate information.

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Marquis de Pombal Palace Cellar

Designed by Carlos Mardel, the main architect of the rebuilding of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755, this building, which so aptly characterizes this period, follows the style of the Summer Estate Palace of the Pombal Marquis.

This in stark contrast to other less richly ornamented features and structures such as the olive oil press, the distillery, and the barracks.

With a north-south orientation and more than 70 meters in length it was built with the clear purpose of ensuring the production of a quality wine. Originally large vats would have occupied it. These were filled with wine previously mixed in the stone tanks that top the cellar's south side. It still works as one of the wine ageing areas today.

225 litres oak barrels in which our Carcavelos Wine is aged however, have replaced the old large vats. The optimal conditions of the cellar remain unchanged from the days of the Marquis, both in terms of moisture - because the cellar is built over a waterspring - and temperature - because the south and west  walls are not only very thick but also beneath ground level. In addition, because these conditions create a difference in temperature between the cold west wall and the slightly heated east wall, there is natural air circulation within the building. Ingenious and innovative, this was the old way which still suits us to perfection in creating the modern, but historic, Carcavelos Wine 'Villa Oeiras', the wine of the Pombal Marquis House.

 

 

 

 

Contacts 

Marquis de Pombal Palace Cellar

R. Aqueduto 222, Oeiras

GPS:  38º 41’ 34,44” N, W 9º 18’ 52,54” W

T: 917 252 475

E: confraria.carcavelos@cm-oeiras-pt