Produced by Herdade do Mouchao in limited batches. These are the perfect Christmas gift for your friends and family. Order early to avoid disappointment! They sell out very quickly.
Mouchao Honey: Monte do Mouchão honey is made in the wilds of the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal. The undulating cork forests, interspersed with olive groves, eucalyptus and umbrella pines are also home to hardy shrubs such as gum cistus, rock rose, lavender, broom and oleander which can withstand the harsh inland Mediterranean climate. The pollen from these flowers forms the basis of this naturally pure honey and is complemented by an abundant variety of wild spring flowers native to the Iberian Peninsula such as poppy, chamomile, lupin, clover, iris, pimpernel, viper’s bugloss, chicory and sorrel.
Courellas Olive Oil: A blend of oils from the Galega olive and the spicier Cobrançosa – generally a lighter olive oil, perfect for salads and for serving with freshly baked bread, but also for gourmet cooking. In this blend we like to prioritize flavor and complexity, but acidity rarely climbs above 0.3%.
The Cobrançosa olive trees plot is located at one of the corners of the property, known as “Courellas”, with which this spicy and fresh blend was named after. Cobrançosa is particularly high in healthy anti-oxidants and is the perfect partner to Galega, providing a spicy pepperiness to the blend. 100% Extra Virgin quality.
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The fine, rolling landscape of Portugal’s Alentejo region, set between Lisbon and the Algarve, is dominated by cork forests and olive groves. In the early 19th century, Thomas Reynolds moved here from Oporto, chiefly to become involved in the cork business.
Three generations later, his grandson, John Reynolds, purchased a 900 hectare property with two small rivers running through it – Herdade do Mouchão. In addition to the family’s cork activities, he set about making wine. Vineyards were planted and in 1901 he built a high-ceilinged adobe winery (or “adega”) with white washed walls and a traditional red-tiled roof. Following the 1974 revolution, the estate was expropriated and only returned to the family in 1985. Today, the Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations. The process is, as it always has been, unhurried. The grape varieties are local, picked by hand and foot-trodden.
In the ever-changing world of winemaking, Herdade do Mouchão, remains a traditional, family-run winery. The 38 hectares of vines are made up of several vineyards in different areas of the estate. The earliest planting took place on the flat, low-lying ground near the winery (adega), which is particularly suited to the Alicante Bouschet grape.
This grape variety, never much prized in its native France, thrives on the terroir of Herdade do Mouchão (230 metres above sea level). Since its introduction, in the late 19th century, it has adapted well to the clay soil, the intense summer heat and the erratic winter rainfall, withstanding the occasional frost. Other vineyards, on higher and well-drained ground, are planted with red varieties such as Trincadeira, Aragonês, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Syrah. Here there are also a limited number of white varieties, mainly Antão Vaz, Arinto and Perrum.
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