Herdade Tapada do Falcão is a small estate of 55 Hectares (130 acres) situated within the Portalegre DOC wine region on the slopes of the Serra de São Mamede in the Alto Alentejo. At 450 metres (1,500 feet) above sea level the climate is slightly cooler than the plains and the vines benefit from cooling breezes at night. The vineyard of 6.2 hectares (15 acres) was planted in early 2000 with five different red grape varieties and gained DOC status in 2011. The slopes are steep and can only be cultivated with a caterpillar tractor. Most vineyard operations apart from spraying, including weeding, grape picking and pruning are carried out by hand. The schistous terrain and steep conditions mean that yields are relatively low and cultivation costs quite high. This combined with the altitude and aspect means that the wines are more refined that those from the hot plains of the Alentejo.
We make a full bodied red wine called Rocha Rosa which is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and occasionally Trincadeira grapes. The wines are vinified and matured in stainless steel vats before being given a moderate amount of oak ageing. In exceptional years we make a “Reserva” wine which is given an extended period of ageing in French oak barrels.
Utilising predominantly indigenous grape varieties, with the judicious addition of Syrah which works particularly well in the region, the wines are distinctly different from the typical international style that is now so commonly found, and are a good expression of the local terroir which is recognised as one of the finest in Portugal.