Monte da Penha has belonged to the family of Francisco Fino since 1984, but the wine tradition of this Portalegre family goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Joaquim da Cruz Baptista - great-grandfather of current marketing and sales representative, Rita Fino - planted the first vineyards in Tapada do Chaves. This property is emblematic of the Alto Alentejo region and remained in the family until 1998.
The first harvest under the brand name Monte da Penha was in 1999. This property, which sits on the doorstep of Portalegre, has 139 hectares, with 23 hectares of vineyard hosting nine traditional Portuguese grape varieties, including: Trincadeira, Aragonês, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Moreto, Arinto, Fernão Pires, Roupeiro, Trincadeira das Pratas. They are vines of many years, located atop the mountain and around the 18th century manor house, at an alititude that varies between 450 and 600 meters. The rocky soils of granite, schist, clay and limestone, and the influence of the micro-climate of Serra de São Mamede, with humid winter rains and summers of high temperatures, all contribute to the end result in the bottle: terroir wines unique to the region.
At Monte da Penha, the importance that is given to nature is another aspect that sparks the curiosity of our clients. With a number of exports to Japan, the house receives importers from Japan who take soil and stone back with them to show buyers on the other side of the world where the wines ofMonte da Penha come from.
In the cellar, one practice that is of particular note is the exclusive use of French oak from Allier, with different levels of toasting from different cooperages, to age the brand's wines. Another feature that sets this producer apart is its focus on aged wines, red wines with a number of years in the bottle, for example, in response to an ever-increasing demand in alternative markets.