Herdade Monte Do Vau, LDA

PRESS_UK 14.2.2013

A rare jewel represented in the UK by PortugueseStory Ltd,

Elegant, balance, good acidity, terroir wines, RISO de Sousa Otto & Friends are made in the south of Alentejo, Portugal.

The Estate Herdade do Vau is located in the county of Beja, next to the Guadiana River, this property gets its name VAU because of its location near the river with stone floodplains that once allowed you to cross the river on foot or horseback. The Estate has tourism and oenotourism facilities based on the completely rebuilding of the old houses.

It´s a magical place with an extraordinary bio-diversity and a unique Terroir were a small vine, with just 5,5 ha, is carefully and manually growing. Revealing just some options that we did toward the production of great quality wines…
The grape varieties we selected for the red wines: Alfrocheiro, Syrah; Touriga Nacional and Sousão (the last, planted for the very first time in Alentejo). Plantation density is 4000 vines/ha, almost the double of the region practices. The method of conducting the vine is double Guyot where the vegetation is placed on a vertical rising wall that allows there to be a relationship between the exposed surface foliage/weight produce per vine, appropriate for getting grapes to produce superior quality wines.

About the brand, as Miguel de Sousa Otto, (the owner of the Estate), says – “When we chose the name RISO (meaning laugh) for the wine, we wanted to go further than merely choosing a name; we wanted to make a statement! A way of life! Positive, joyous, relentless, sharing, and with a sense of time…

We are now presenting the RISO colheita red 2011 and RISO colheita white 2012, boths a true rarity, since we only bottled 5.535 and 5.156 bottles respectively, (please see the attach).


Are traders and story tellers who want to give a portuguese narrative to the world, to change people's perceptions and to bring the diversity and uniqueness of Portugal out. One of the ways we want people to engage is through the local and unique and characteristic quality products. Wine can be a strong ambassador of native character and for Portugal that could not have been more true. Our vision is that by bringing wine to other markets we will help and encourage people to discover and value Portugal, and help Portugal find its true respected place in the modern world.