Vineyard

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A little bit of Algarve wine history

Porches is a small town known for its wine history and pottery production.

Once part of a Moorish kingdom, the village developed well through the centuries, blending traditions and always keeping its vines strong on sandy soil.

Locals used the lands around it to produce olives, carob, figs, cork, and plenty of grapevines. The scenery was often – and still is – complemented by the occasional herd of sheep and goats.

After the Revolution of 1974, the Algarve’s attention shifted toward the sea line and tourism. But although this was a time of industrial advancements, the Algarve industrial and agricultural scene started to fade.

Most of the vineyards near the coast were taken down or abandoned, slowly returning to their wild state. Until the Capinha family came along.

chimney algarve flowers

Terroir

Sandy soils form strong character

Climate

Abundant sun for 300 days a year

Geography

Between mountains and the ocean

honouring Algarve tradition

Quinta dos Capinhas is reviving the roots

For the past decade, we have been reactivating this land’s old terraces. Little by little, we are bringing life and wine back to the Vale do Olival.

Here we planted new vines, replanted and protected local trees, and created our private paradise – that we’re sharing with visitors since 2022.

Situated between the Serra de Monchique and the sea, our vineyard is set partly on terraces along the hill slopes on sandy, shell- and clay-limestone, partly alongside riverbeds on sandy soil.

Together with the constant sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean, this generates the unique flavors of our wines.

quinta dos capinhas aereal view sunset
quinta dos capinhas sunset

Our white varieties

Antão Vaz

A famous white variety was brought from around Vidigueira in Alentejo.  Produces a firm, full-bodied, well-structured wine with very lively aromas. We make it as a single variety, and also use it for our white blend.

Arinto

A versatile Portuguese grape. Also goes by the name Pederna in Vinho Verde region. It has a refreshing acidity and good mineral quality with gentle fruit flavours, which makes it perfect to improve our white blends.

Chardonnay

Originally a grape from the Burgundy area in France, it has become the most popular white variety worldwide. We use it to blend with our other varieties

Verdelho

Mostly associated with the island of Madeira, we are one of a few growers cultivating this grape in the Algarve. It makes a rich and aromatic dry white wine with good acidity.

Our red varieties

Alfrocheiro

This grape originates in the Dao region. It has a good balance of tannins, alcohol, and acidity, and gives an attractive berry fruit reminiscent. It is well suited for our climate and retains good acidity.

Alicante Bouschet

Produces intense, deeply coloured wine that we mix with other grapes for volume, structure and good aging characteristics.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Like the Chardonnay, this grape comes from Bordeaux and has conquered the world. Deep colour, good tannin structure, slight acidity and aromas of berries and wood.

Touriga Nacional

This Baga grape from Bairrada needs a lot of sun to get ready for harvesting before the autumn rains. When grapes ripen well in dry years, they produce a rich but lean and well-structured wine that gains softness and elegance with age.

Sweet Wines - Moscatel Graúdo and Moscatel Roxo

These varieties of liqueur wines are perfectly suited for Algarve conditions. They produce sweet wines in the tradition of Lagoa. Also delicious table grapes!

Want to see the end result?

We produce white, red and rosé wines.