In a country steeped in winemaking history, the name Mouchão is synonymous with wines of distinction. The family owned estate has been producing wine for over a hundred years and maintains the traditions established in 1901 when the winery was built.
This 900-hectare estate was bought at the end of the 19th century by John Reynolds to supply the cork business started by his grandfather.
The family then planted several plots of vines and in 1901 built a traditional winery, with thick mud-bricks, whitewashed walls and roofed in Portuguese tiles. John Reynolds is thought to have imported the first Alicante Bouschet vines from France. Mouchão is now famous for this red-fleshed variety.
The distinctive character of Mouchão wines derives from three principal characteristics: the Alicante Bouschet grape, the specific terroir and adherence to traditional winemaking methods. At Mouchão grapes are hand-picked, foot trodden in marble cement lining lagares and the wine aged in five thousand liters vats. Mouchão wines are renowned for their longevity, maturing subtly as they age.