CORTES DE CIMA is a family estate, with 130 hectares of vineyard, located near Vidigueira in the Alentejo region of Portugal, midway between Lisbon, the Algarve and Sevilla.
Vidigueira, Alentejo’s southernmost demarcated wine region, has been a wine-growing area since the time of the Romans.
The Romans used ‘Talhas’(huge clay urns or amphorae) for fermenting and storing wines, a local winemaking practice still in use today, and symbolized by the pot on our label.
Ancient olive groves, with olive trees up to 2,000 years old, share the land with citrus groves, vineyards and Roman ruins.
Vidigueira is rich in history. Here Julius Caesar imposed his ‘Pax Julia’ in the year 65 AD.Here Vasco da Gama was established as Conde (Count) in 1519 upon his return from his voyage discovering the route to India.
A family owned and run vineyard and winery located in southern Portugal and our home since 1988, the property is a total of 365 hectares which is only medium sized for the Alentejo. 130 ha are vineyards, 50 ha olive trees, and 50 ha of reforestation of cork, holm oaks and pine trees.
Hans, is the grapegrower and winemaker – what he calls ‘winegrower’. Born in Denmark, he worked for many years in Malaysia as Chief technical engineer for a tropical plantation company. Carrie, comes from California, where she studied Economics at UC Berkely, and is responsible for admin and marketing. We have 2 kids, born and raised in Alentejo, Thomas and Anna.
We strive to capture the abundant Alentejan sunshine in the vineyard, where we start making our wines. Our work is finished off in the winery, where the grapes are carefully handled to preserve the concentrated color, aroma and fruit flavor of the ripe Alentejan grapes.
Our wines are gutsy, full-bodied reds, with lots of sunshine in the bottle.
Our Politics – “No” to VPQRD!
Although our vineyards are located within a VPQRD area, we have rejected the system in favor of the looser ‘Regional Alentejano’, allowing us greater freedom in planting Grape Varieties and choosing our raised-canopy trellis system.