The Santar Vila Jardim Wines project stems from Santar Vila Jardim – www.santarvilajardim.pt – a project which brought together several gardens in the historical village of Santar, breaking down walls, making bridges, connecting spaces, enabling us to visit a historical village and its cultural heritage by moving through these green corridors.
In addition, the owners of these gardens wished to make use of some of the existing vineyards. In these very special spaces, formerly occupied by orchards and vegetable gardens, they created new vineyards which benefit from the positive impact of biodiversity, dry stone fences, indigenous vegetation and the hedges, hundreds of years old in some cases, which help preserve the habitat and its species, thereby improving the production of grapes and wine.
A new viticulture and winemaking project was thus born on the best parcels of these estates, wihtin a natural and balanced environment, prizing quality as its inextricable partner.
The union of these various families, and their respective estates in the village of Santar – Condes de Santar e Magalhães House, Linhares Ibérico Nogueira House, Hotel Valverde Santar Vila Jardim, Nossa Senhora da Piedade and Magnólia House – brought several advantages to the project, including the ex-libris of the various estates. To this shared element the Condes de Santar e Magalhães House added its long experience in the region’s and the country’s winegrowing and winemaking traditions – this family legacy being brought onboard by Pedro de Vasconcellos e Souza, the “Pater “ enologist of this project.
His impressive career – having created the Casa de Santar wines as well as those from the Herdade do Freixo estate, in Alentejo – bears the stamp of a personality who can understand the spirit of the place and allow us to savour its authenticity. His passion for this region, which he considers to be his birthplace, has given him this extra challenge, crowning a lifetime dedicated to winemaking excellence.
The study of land plots, varieties and clones, attentive listening to the knowledge of those who came before, and technological innovation – all these parameters were carefully accounted for.
The project’s inclusive character, with its plural embrace of competences and dialogue, was also important in this achievement which we are honoured to present. Enjoy these nectars.