Celebrate a Glass with Herdade das Servas at VanWineFest 2018

Who We Are

Herdade das Servas winery logoThe Serrano Mira family is one of the oldest families involved in wine production in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Clay containers used for winemaking dating back to 1667 have been conserved on its properties. In 1955 the maternal great-grandfather of the two brothers Carlos and Luís – the sixth generation of winemakers in the family – was one of the three founding partners and the first president of a winemaking cooperative in the Alentejo. Their paternal grandfather, Manuel Joaquim Mira, was the first to bottle the family’s wines, in the 1940s, having created one of the first private wine production companies in the Alentejo, Portugal.

The Serrano Mira brothers started the Herdade das Servas project in 1998 to perpetuate the family’s historical connection to winemaking, but also the map out and forge a new direction.

 Our Vineyards

Herdade das Servas winery
Herdade das Servas winery

The Herdade das Servas estate comprises over 350 hectares of vineyards, with the Azinhal, Judia, Monte dos Clérigos (the oldest) and the Servas grape varieties standing out. The vineyards have different and complementary ages (some are over 70 years old) and personalities.

Planted in sections, several grape varieties are found in the Herdade das Servas vineyards:

  • Reds: Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelão, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Vinhão.
  • Whites: Alvarinho, Antão Vaz, Arinto, Encruzado, Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Verdelho and Viognier.

The Wines We Will Be Pouring at the International Festival Tasting Room

A selection of Herdade das Servas wines
A selection of Herdade das Servas wines
  • Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2012 – a red blend of Alicante Bouschet (45%), Aragonez (25%), Alfrocheiro (18%) and Petit Verdot (12%). Dark violet color, it exhibits ripe black fruit aromas, hinting at jam, blended with some spices and dark chocolate involving floral notes. The palate is intense, complex, velvety and engaging with firm supple tannins ensuring good longevity.
  • Sem Barrica Red 2015 – a blend of Alicante Bouschet (70%), Syrah (15%) and Touriga Franca (15%). Clear, deep red wine, with black fruit, blackberry, plum and cherry aromas, and hints of liquor. It is an intense, full-bodied and well-structured wine, with a vinous and lasting finish.
  • Escolha Red 2015 – a blend of Aragonez (40%), Alicante Bouschet (25%), Syrah (20%) and Trincadeira (15%). Clear, ruby-coloured wine, with ripe red fruit aroma and floral hints. Elegant, balanced and well-structured with a lasting finish.
  • Escolha Rosé 2015 –  a blend of Touriga Nacional (50%) and Syrah (50%). Clear, pink-coloured wine, with cherry, raspberry and strawberry aromas, surrounded by floral hints. Well structured, fresh and elegant with a lasting finish.
  • Escolha White 2015 – a white blend of Roupeiro (50%), Arinto (20%), Antão Vaz (20%) and Semillon (10%). Clear, citrus-coloured wine with lime, peach, pear and floral aromas. Fresh, mineral and elegant whole with a persistent finish.

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