ADEGA CARTUXA – ALENTEJO – PORTUGAL
Adega Cartuxa (Cartuxa Winery) is located two kilometers from the historic center of Évora, the charming capital city of the Alentejo region, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Furthermore, the company is only two hundred meters away from the monastery that inspired the name.
The Cartuxa monastery, surrounded by vineyards, was the retreat house of the Jesuits. In 1759, with their expulsion, by order of the Marquis of Pombal, the Monastery became state property.
In 1776, it became an important wine press, purchased in the 19th century by the Eugénio de Almeida family.
In 1869, the great-grandfather of the Foundation’s founder, José Maria Eugénio de Almeida, bought Quinta de Valbom. After the death of his son, Carlos Maria Eugénio de Almeida, the expansion work of the Casa Agrícola Eugénio de Almeida continued. He planted the vineyards which were the first source of the Foundation’s wines.
Cartuxa Winery has three technological sites that distinguish it from the others: refrigeration capacity; possibility of complete sorting of the grapes at the entrance to the cellar and handling and transfer of the masses only by gravity. About six million bottles are produced annually.