Located in the well-known wine region of Moura, Medeiros shares its privileged terroir and ideal climate with its friendly and loud neighbours the local wildlife. Medeiros has two large lakes with fish, turtles, crayfish, wild boars, otters and a large variety of loud birds, ranging from owls, partridges, storks, ducks and quails to name a few.
The Figueira de Chaves have always been a family in close connection to the countryside, wine, agriculture and shooting. Currently two of the family's generations work together to take on this lasting and beautiful challenge, with more generations growing to one day pursue this legacy.
Following traditional and natural methods, free from pesticides and herbicides to preserve Medeiros as natural as possible so the wildlife community can maintain their happy homes along with their families.
Medeiros currently has 39 hectares of vine sitting on the same location as where a first register of wine was found 400 years ago. With red grape varietals of Aragones, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Syrah and Alicante Bouchet and white varietals; Arinto, Verdelho de Açores, Viosinho and Viognier. Using the espalier training system to achieve the best ventilation of our vines.
In the last decade a rehabilitation of ruins of over 200 years old was made, strategically built within the middle of the vineyard and close to the estate home, is where the cellar was built. Grapes used for Medeiros wines are picked by hand into small boxes and are then transported to the cellar to start their fermentation process where temperatures are carefully controlled.
Looking to reach the full potential of the grapes flavour and aroma they undergo slow maceration and pressure through a low capacity pneumatic press. The wine then rests for a small while to grow into its natural personality before finally aging within French oak barrels and then bottled into its home. Depending on the wine this process may take anything from 18 months up to 10-15 years.