Herdade dos Coelheiros Winery Guide
The Alentejo Wine Region is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered gems of a wine region, and the Herdade dos Coelheiros estate is one of the most fascinating. Known for their high-end dry reds and whites (their Tapada de Coelheiros Chardonnay, a multiple wine contest winner), the estate is also home to major walnut production (100 hectares), a vast area of Cork forest, and hunting grounds. Located nearby the tiny carpet-making village of Arraiolos, the distinctive wine labels of Tapada de Coelheiros are inspired by the famous decorative rugs.
The estate started making waves when winemaker António Saramago came on board in the early ’90s and has continued to go from strength to strength, now in the hands of Luís Patrão and his team. Production is relatively small, with only 40 hectares under vine. Various Portuguese indigenous and foreign varietals are grown and used in the blends, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Artinto, Roupeiro, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Antão Vaz.
A visit to this estate is a real treat, a highlight being a 4×4 tour of the beautiful property with its cork trees, walnut orchards, and vineyards. Then back to the tasting room to sample the range, including the distinguished Coelheiros Chardonnay, which despite its immense success, is to be no longer, 2016 was their last vintage. We eagerly await the next groundbreaker from this fabulous estate.
Tapada de Coelheiros RedDry red made with Cabernet Sauvignon, and Alicante Bouschet. 18 months in French oak (30% new) and a further 18 months ageing in bottle. 13.5% Alc.
Tapada de Coelheiros WhiteDry white made with Casta Roupeiro and Arinto. Tropical on the palate. 13.5% Alc. After fermentation in stainless steel, it ages for 8 months in 500L barrels with bâtonnage.
Tapada de Coelheiros ChardonnayDry white made with 100% Chardonnay. Fermented in French Oak, twice weekly bâtonnage during 6 months, plus 3 months ageing in bottle. 14% Alc. 2005 Winner of best Chardonnay in the world! Sadly 2016 was the last vintage and must be enjoyed while stock lasts.
Vinha do Taco100% Petit Verdot, from a single plot “Vinha do Taco”. Aged for 18 months in French oak and 5 years in the bottle. A beautiful example of Petit Verdot from the Alentejo; elegant with great acidity.
Vinha da TapadaDry red made with Cabernet Sauvignon & Castelão. 6 months in French oak and 4 months in bottle.
Facts & Figures
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Average age 20 years
Oak barrel origin
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
Antão Vaz: Popular Portuguese white wine grape, grown in Alentejo. Known for its fresh acidity, ideal for casual and fine dining.Find out more
Arinto is a versatile white wine grape variety known for its crisp acidity, citrus, green apple flavors, and a mineral finishFind out more
A grape variety known for its contribution to white wine blends, adding a crisp acidity and a mix of tropical and citrus flavors. Some wines may also feature herbal notes
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