Peaceful wooded gardens, pergolas, pools and other adornments of its period, characterize the estates elegant Eighteenth Century architecture.
For many years, the Quinta belonged to the Zagalo family, serving as a holiday home. It was forcibly expropriated following the 1974 revolution which saw the overthrow of Portugals right-wing dictatorship.
The house and estate fell into disrepair and so after returning to its rightful owners in 1979, they decided to put it up for sale.
Miguel Louro, inspired by the potential it held and a love of country living stepped up and bought Quinta do Mouro.
After some challenging years exploring different farming activities such as the rearing of sheep and other animals, which never seemed to be sustainable, Miguel decided to plant a vineyard and produce his own wine.
The first grapes were harvested in 1994 and produced a serious, austere wine of enduring character.
Thus was born Quinta do Mouro, produced and bottled by Miguel de Orduna Viegas Louro, Estremoz
In 1998, the first Casa dos Zagalos was produced, a wine with similar characteristics and philosophy to the Quinta do Mouro, and yet intended to show a different facet of the vineyards and terroir.
2004 saw the development of the Vinha do Mouro wine, with a more approachable style, but also retaining the estates characteristics.
Miguel Louro speaks eloquently and passionately, discussing the many intricacies of his wines and vineyards, almost as if they were his own children. His sons and daughters share these convictions and readily admit this has allowed them their own individual development!