Catarina LIKES TO IMMERSE HERSELF IN THE SUBJECT, DEEPEN HER KNOWLEDGE, AND DO GOOD WORK. IT IS THIS TYPE OF DRIVE THAT IS DEEPLY-ROOTED IN THE VINEYARDS OF HERDADE DO ROCIM.
Respect for nature and agricultural work are fundamental for Catarina Vieira. As her father - an engineer and businessman from Leiria, and founder of the Movicortes group - told her: the earth is of the most value; it is priceless. The conviction of her paternal support had profoundly formative affects on her childhood, when
her parents moved from Lisbon to Leiria and brought her to live for a short time with her grandparents, in a house where only rice and codfish were bought from the store. Everything else came from the earth or the barn. And from the vineyards where her paternal grandfather took the two of them to sit in the library.
Catarina Vieira became an agronomist, viticulturist, and businesswoman through various circumstances and choices, but she could just as easily work as a professor and/or researcher. Catarina likes to immerse herself in the subject, deepen her knowledge, and do good work. It is this type of drive that is rooted in the vineyards of Herdade do Rocim, but it hasn't always been easy. When she took over leadership of the project, in 2002, after a year at the University of Bologna, where she did an internship and her final work for the course, Catarina felt insecure facing stubbornly-observed practices that ran contrary to everything she had learned. The counsel she received from her university professors helped to relieve the pressure she felt, and gave her the confidence she needed to lead a team.
It should be clear to anyone that she considers it a privilege to have stayed for four years on the estate, just in the vineyard, among the rooted cuttings and rootstocks, pruning, planting, and forming a team. Taking measurements of the vines, at three in the morning, at six, and returning to pick grapes, for days on end. It was like writing a thesis, but without a diploma at the end. Under the reliable calm of the Alentejo sky, and with time for shared laughter with the foreman.