In the border between Peninsula de Setubal and the Alentejo, Herdade do Portocarro is a family-run boutique winery project.
José Mota Capitão, the owner and winemaker, has been recovering nearly extinct indigenous grapes – Sercial, Boal and Galego Dourado - and experimenting with selected Portuguese classic varietals (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Aragones, Arinto) with a touch of Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Apart from following the Portuguese blend tradition, José is now exploring the production of single grape wines with tremendous success.
His wines are aimed at the discerning consumer who looks for distinction. A distinction that is the result of terroir, acidity and a cool Atlantic oceans breeze, thus resulting in complex and elegant reds as well as refreshing whites with lengthy finishes.
José has been nominated in 2015 and awarded in 2016 as Portugals Best Wine Producer by the highly respected Portuguese magazine “Wine – Essência do Vinho” and is now exporting to 18 countries.
His wine “Geronimo 2018” has been given the best rating ever for a Portuguese wine in Japan in 2019.