Vineyard Concert

The echo of Danish opera can be heard in the vineyards of Alentejo every summer. Every year since 2001, we have staged our Annual Summer Vineyard Concerts,  with acclaimed international artists, who perform well known arias and duets against a backdrop of the verdant summer vineyard.

During the intermission, there is a wine-tasting featuring the full range of the Cortes de Cima single vineyard varietals, followed by a sumptuous post-concert Gala Buffet Dinner prepared by Chef Bjarne Otto.

(Note: we have uploaded our own video recordings of the most popular songs from earlier concerts to YouTube here!)

9th Annual Summer Vineyard Concert -  Friday 17 June 2011

From the Royal Opera Copenhagen mezzo soprano Ulla Kudsk Jensen will be returning once again, this year with the tenor Hans Lawaetz and Jacob Beck at the piano, to perform a marvelous array of your favorite melodies including Mozart, Schubert, Richard Rodgers, Andrew L. Weber!

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Reservations are now being accepted! Don’t miss it! Places are limited! THIS YEAR’S CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Program - Friday 17 June 2011

17.00 – Welcoming reception

17:30 – Winery Tour

18:00 – Concert

20:30 – Buffet

Ulla Kudsk Jensen, Mezzo-soprano

Ulla Kudsk Jensen, mezzo-sopranoUlla Kudsk Jensen, Mezzo-soprano, is educated at the Opera Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and continued her studies in New York and Bayreuth, Germany.

She works at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen where she sings the roles of Mrs. Quickly in “Falstaff”, the third Lady in “the Magic Flute”, Annina in “La Traviata”, Orfred’s Mother in “Handmaids Tale”, Magdalone in “Maskarade” and several other parts as well as numerous concerts, Masses and Requiems.

On the Prize winning DVD “The Copenhagen Ring”, a release of the performance of the Wagner Ring she sings the parts as Schwertleite in “Die Walküre” and Flosshilde in “Götterdämmerung”.

This season she sang the role of Senhora Flavia in a new opera based on “Onze Minutos” (Eleven Minutes) by the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho on Opera Fyn and 1st Servant in “Elektra” by Richard Strauss on The Royal Opera. In the coming season she sings Brenda in the new opera “Dancer in the Dark” based on the famous movie by Lars von Trier as well as a part in “Boris Godunov”.

Hans Lawaetz, Baritone

Hans LawaetzHans Lawaetz, Baritone, graduated from the Academy of Music in Jutland, Denmark and further studied in Rome, Amsterdam and New York. He works at The Royal Opera, Copenhagen where he sings parts in “The Barber of Seville”, “Tosca”, Die Meistersinger aus Nürnberg”, “Rigoletto”, “Rusalka”, “La Traviata”, “Love of the Three Oranges”, “The Journey to Reims” and “Kafka” by Poul Ruders. He also sang the parts as Donner in “Der Rheingold” in The Copenhagen Ring, which recently was released on DVD. He has also sung in operas at Den Jyske Opera (Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Tristan und Isolde), Den Ny Opera (L’elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus and Die RHeingold) and Den Anden Opera (Four Note Opera and Carl von Linné in Systema Nature) as well as numerous concerts, Requiems and Masses.

Jacob Beck, Piano

Jacob BeckJacob Beck was born on Fynen in 1972. He is a trained pianist at music academies in Odense (Rosalind Bevan), Hanover (Karl-Heinz Kämmerling), New York (Alan Feinberg) and finally to Aarhus (John Damgaard), where in 2002 he made his soloist debut. Jacob Beck has performed as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at home and abroad. In recent years he has particularly focused on working with singers in both opera and lieder. Jacob Beck is freelance but with occasional connection to the Opera Academy and the Royal Danish Music Conservatory. He is also an active lecturer on music and cultural history topics. He also has experience as a theater director and last year premiered at Menottis Telefonen at Aalborg Opera Festival and will this autumn direct The Barber of Seville at the Opera i Provinsen. Finally Jacob Beck, is chairman of the Student Circle, a Grundtvigian discussion club.

Concert Program

First Part
W. A. Mozart From Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Crudel, perché finora (Duet: Susanna and Figaro)
Se vuol ballare (Figaro)
Deh vieni non tardar (Susanna)

Franz Schubert Lieder (Selected Songs)
Leise Flehen
An die Musik

E. Reesen From Farinelli
Kom frit
High Up for Old Ben Gun
Hand in Hand

G. Weiss What a wonderful world
E. Kálmán From Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gipsy Princess)
Tanzen möcht Ich


Second Part
F. Chopin Waltz in Aflat major
D. Jennings Little old wine drinker me
R. Rodgers From Oklahoma
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

F. Pinto Ribeiro As Meninas dos Meus Olhos (Fado Alfacinha)

P. Carvalho Meu Fado Meu (Mariza)
R. Rodgers From Sound of Music
Climb Ev’ry Mountain

F. Loesser Baby it’s Cold Outside

A. Lloyd Webber From Phantom of the Opera
Think of Me
All I Ask of You

Chef Bjarne Otto’s Gala Menu

Chef Bjarne Otto

Appetizers: (Served during the Concert interval)

Liver mousse


Fresh local goat cheese

Small meatballs w/Tarragon

Iberian black pig Presunto with melon

Crudités with dip

Brioches of olives and ham and herbs

Cortes de Cima olive oil

Vidigueira bread, baked in wood-fired oven

Dinner Buffet:

Gazpacho w/ Cortes de Cima Virgin Olive oil and Chaminé Branco

Warm smoked Salmon, w/ sauce Verte,

Fish Terrine made w/ herbs, prawns, orange and lemon peel. Avocado crème

Country pate made w/ garlic, pork meat, liver and walnuts.

Cold Pork fillet stuffed with basil, curry and ginger, w/ curry dressing

Main courses:

Roast Mertolengo Beef

Roast leg of Lamb

Roast Pork

Dijon  sauce

Cream potatoes Gratin

Seasonal vegetables stir-fried in Cortes de Cima Olive Oil

Baked Onions stuffed with mushrooms and olives

Broccoli and spinach Quiche

Fresh garden salad

Tomato and  basil salad


Local ‘Serpa’ Cheese

Home-made “Mozart” chocolate cake

Olive Oil cake “Royale”, with lemon and almonds

Danish layer cake w/fruit, crème and jam

Coffee and Tea


Courela 2009, Chaminé Branco e Tinto 2010, Cortes de Cima 2009, Syrah 2009, Aragonez 2008, Hans Christian Andersen 2008 and Touriga Nacional 2007

Price: 100,00 € (children: <6 years old free: between 6 and 15 years old 50% )


Chaminé Branco

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Herbaceous crispness with a final burst of acidity.
A blend of local and international varieties from our cool Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards.

Cortes de Cima Branco

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A barrel aged blend of local and international varieties grown on our cool Atlantic coastal vineyards and in the warmer Alentejan interior.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A 100% Sauvignon Blanc produced exclusively from grapes grown at our new coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes on the Alentejan coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean.


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Fresh, light bodied and easy drinking. With intense ruby colours and attractive ripe berry character. A fresh and young wine that is ready for immediate drinking.

The name Courela originates from one of our vineyard plots – Courela dos Pageis, and translates as ‘a strip of cultivated land’.


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This is our most popular wine, boasting a consistent track record. A juicy, ripe, easy drinking wine, bottled early, usually within 6 months of harvest time and without any oak ageing. Best drunk young, but will improve with short term cellaring. Mainly Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Syrah, blended with other Portuguese varieties.

The name Chaminé (pronounced: sha-min-E; translation: chimney) originates from one of our vineyard plots – Chaminé de Gião

Cortes de Cima Tinto

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Our flagship wine. Full bodied blend with ripe, silky tannins.


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Ripe rich fruit with some earth and spice.
In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals.


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Outstanding tannins with aromas of red berry fruits.

Known as Tempranillo in Spain, and Tinta Roriz in the north of Portugal. Always an elegant wine, it has richness with structure and outstanding tannins, which impart a good ageing ability.


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One of the more common indigenous varieties in Southern Portugal, characterized by fruit, and low tannins.

Petit Verdot

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Intense concentration, strong tannins, aromatic complexity with a refreshing natural acidity.

One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.

Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

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A special commemorative 100% Syrah launched for the bicentennial of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Elegant with a soft, long finish.

In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals. Starting with the entry level is our popular ‘Cortes de Cima Syrah’, which is bottled every vintage. Next, we move up a notch both in concentration and quality, to the mid-level range – ‘Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen’, bottled in most vintages. We culminate at the top, with our reserve quality labeling, the iconic ‘Incógnito’, only bottled in exceptional years.

Touriga Nacional

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Lifted violet and dark berry fruit aromatics, elegant intense and long palate.

Best known as one of the 5 main varieties used for Port wine, further south here in the Alentejo it’s fruit develops a highly floral and aromatic character. It is a low producer, with both small bunches and berries.

Previous vintages have won numerous gold medals and trophies, including IWC Best Portuguese Red Trophy (2005), IWC Touriga Trophy (2003), and the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine List (2002).


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Bold, superb balance and sumptuous finish. The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo.


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The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.

This is the star of our range, only produced in limited quantities and in exceptional years. A full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties, barrel aged for 12 months in new oak barrels. The wine is finely structured, with a feeling of restrained power.

Previous vintages have always scored +90 Parker Points.

Olive Oil

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Our Olive Oil is produced from our own olive trees, which are from the Portuguese variety, Cobrançosa, planted shortly after our arrival to Cortes de Cima in 1988. As with our vineyards, our olivegroves are accredited under a sustainable program called ‘Integrated Protection’, which limits and regulates the use of chemicals.


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Created from pure red wine from the Portuguese Touriga Nacional variety. Aged for 5 years in American oak barrels.


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