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Alentejo

Cartuxa Wine Cellar and Oil Mill

The history of the Foundation follows the political, economic and social history of the country. But also its path and its action helped to build the history of many people and institutions and to generate projects and events that marked the life of the region and the country. A clear institutional vision, faithful to its mission, has transformed the economic profit in social profit and an innovative and determined management allowed to achieve and consolidate the economic and financial stability, thebedrock of its sustainability. The productive area of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, in particular the wine-growing project, which since the 19th century is part of productive tradition of Casa Agrícola Eugénio de Almeida (Agricultural House Eugénio de Almeida) - is undoubtedly a success, allowing the Foundation to generate the resources necessary to its mission. With Oenological brands which are today emblematic, the wine-growing project of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida is an active heritage of the city and the region and a reference in the national market.

We therefore highlight the institution's project, the wine and olive growing, resulting the wines produced in the Adega Cartuxa – Vinea Cartuxa, EA, Foral de Évora, Cartuxa, Cartuxa Reserva, Scala Coeli, Scala Coeli Reserva and Pêra-Manca - and the olive oil produced at the Lagar Cartuxa - Álamos, EA and Cartuxa.

The whole vineyard is planted in the Alentejo region precisely in the sub-region of Évora, where a sustainable viticulture in favour of biodiversity, with some vineyards already certified as biological and other still in the process of certification, is performed. Several Portuguese grape varieties are cultivated in these vineyards while preserving the national "ampelographic treasure", but also some foreign grape varieties in order to increase the supply of wines. Grapes are produced in modern and sophisticated Adega Cartuxa – Monte Pinheiros - an estate that was once a ploughing centre of the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida. The Adega Cartuxa – Quinta Valbom, former Jesuit outpost, where an important mill of wine had already worked in 1776, is, since 2007, the stage centre of wines and headquarters of the Cartuxa Wine Tourism.

The Adega Cartuxa, Monte dos Pinheiros, is one of the most modern wine cellars worldwide, built to maximize the use and gravitational force on all operations performed during the wine making process. It was the first wine cellar in Portugal to have the most advanced and rigorous method of digital optical selection in all lines of reception of grapes, with cooling capacity of all the grapes and wines produced here; a fully equipped laboratory for the analysis of wines and a fully automated bottling line and ready for bottling some 4,000,000 bottles resulting from the annual production and which obeys the best oenological practices.

The achievement of the blends is a very difficult and decisive operation to determine the quality of the wines that are produced here. The association of the typical Portuguese grape varieties is an art that few Oenologists know dominate like the Portuguese do. This is a great asset of the oenology team of Adega Cartuxa. It is therefore a reference for its team of professionals, who work daily to produce the best wines. A team of about 30 people is under the coordination of the engineer Pedro Baptista. Of all the teams to which I belonged to, this was the part that surprised me the most because of their teamwork, professionalism, commitment to innovation and effective response to challenges. The dynamism and commitment of the team are probably the main pillar of the structure of Adega Cartuxa. It is a wine cellar of the present prepared for the future by giving its qualitative leap with the Alentejo.

Lagar Cartuxa is another example of a world agricultural activity that respects the natural environment and its Terroir in which it is inserted. This is due to the non-production of liquid extracts, the total automation of the agri-industrial process of olive oil production and quality certifications associated with the high-quality production of Extra Virgin and Virgin Olive Oil.

Currently the area of exploitation of the olive grove of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida is 215 Ha, where several varieties of olive trees typical of Portugal are planted, such as Galega, Cobrançosa, Cordovil and Verdeal. These varieties are separated at the time of harvesting and processing until the moment of the production of olive oil. Before bottling, the team of professionals of Lagar Cartuxa performs the blend of different varieties, producing the brands Álamos, EA and Cartuxa. This project of production of Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Eugénio de Almeida Foundation has been a huge success, with good growth in the future.

The wines and olive oils marketed by Cartuxa are an outgrowth of the agri-industrial project that the Foundation Eugénio de Almeida has been developing for 52 years. It was also an example, at the national level, of the Portuguese products appreciation through their history and qualitative value. Cartuxa offers a balanced sales situation at the national and international levels, being present at about 17 international markets in 4 continents.

The trend for the future will be to maintain this balance, but increase the national and international recognition of the brand, encouraging a great relief for top quality products and creating the image of value associated with the mark.

As I had occasion to mention, the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation's mission is the development of the region of Évora, trying to,at the level of its productive activity, to bet in the valorization of its historic wine and the quality of its products that it produces and commercializes in several countries.

Faced with this reality, I recognize the remarkable job in the marketing of its wines and oils at the international level of the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida a without, however, neglecting the market and the national consumers.

I remember, from my childhood, that on occasions of celebration with family, my grandfather used to always open a bottle of Cartuxa wine, as assumption of a high-quality wine which would enhance that moment.
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