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Quinta da Lapa

A Quinta N. Sra. da Conceição da Lapa was acquire in 1706 by D. Lourenço de Almeida from Captain Bartolomeu Lobo da Gama for the sum of 11.500 (silver) crusades. On a unique location, the best land was chosen among the fertile hills to the East of Montejunto mountain, a territory that is now part of the Tejo Wine Region. The estate of Quinta da Lapa now extends over a hundred hectares.

D. Lourenço, son of the Count of Avintes was a great reformer and developer of Quinta da Lapa, a powerful and influential nobleman – a member of the Court’s Council and former governor of the States as Pernambuco and Minas Gerais in Brasil, at the time of the gold rush. He was credited with gathering great richness for the vaults of the Portuguese Crown and returned home with great wealth. Making use of his entrepreneurial skills he projected to supply the thriving city of Lisbon, with high-quality wines. For that purpose, he chose the biggest ground of his vast estate to build a manor house with a chapel, farming buildings, and wine cellar, in order to produce the best wines from the surrounding vineyards.

This reform dates from 1733 and almost three centuries later, a new wine cellar was built, the vineyards were replanted with traditional local varietals (reds -Touriga Nacional, Castelão, Aragonês, and Trincadeira Preta. Whites - Fernão Pires, Alvarinho, Arinto and the rare Trincadeira das Pratas) and a selection of international grapes that best thrive in our terroir (Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante Bouschet, Caladoc, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc e Viognier).

Years later, the manor house dating from 1756, underwent important Restauration works and was refurbished in order to accommodate guests in a comfortable and luxurious setting, all while preserving its original features and patrimonial values, namely the chapel and a unique tile panel in honor of Our Lady of Conceição da Lapa.

The outcome of this tenacious and enduring work translates into the great notoriety that the wines of Quinta da Lapa, gathering in recent years. Our wines have consistently earned important medals and awards at both international and domestic wine competitions. In 2010, Portugal’s National Contest for Bottled Wines has awarded “Quinta da Lapa Red 2008 Reserve” with the prize of “Best Wine in Contest”.

In the current years, Quinta da Lapa conquered five medals at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, certainly the world’s most important wine competition in which 8750 wines from 51 countries were tasted by an international panel of 320 wine judges. By conquering three gold and two silver medals in this competition, Quinta da Lapa stands out nationally as the small to mid-size wine producer to achieve the best results.

At Quinta da Lapa time flows at the pace of the season, guests can live a truly rural experience, exploring the paths that run through the vineyards, discovering the ponds, the house at the water tank that’s fed by a natural spring or just strolling through the verdant hills that surround the property.

Contemplating the landscape and enjoying the silence, that overwhelming sensation that’s impossible to experience in the city. A quietness which appeals conviviality, the pleasure of sharing a glass of wine, of living a timeless moment in a secluded territory that’s only a stone’s throw away from the great city of Lisbon.

And speaking of wine, a true wine tourism experience could not be complete without actually tasting our nectars and coming in contact with the estate’s 300 years of tradition in crafting excellent wines. These are the attributes that conjugate into a memorable wine tourism experience at a unique venue, a safe haven berthed in the hills of Ribatejo.
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