History of the Vidigueira Winery
The Adega Cooperativa de Vidigueira, Cuba and Alvito (wine co-op) was founded in 1960, but its timeline goes way beyond its 56 years of existence.
Its roots intertwine with the history of the village itself, and with Vasco da Gama – the Count of Vidigueira, to whom D. Jaime, the Duke of Bragança granted the village to, in 1519. Thus arose the first ties of Vidigueira with the Gama family.
Based on the effort and the dream of most of the wine-producers of the Vidigueira, Cuba and Alvito regions, this winery, one of Portugal’s oldest, is today a modern and visionary SME Leader.
In the winery’s wine-producing heritage, indigenous castes are discovered and perfected from generation to generation, among which the Antão Vaz caste stands out. This caste, legitimized as Vidigueira’s caste and the winery’s inspirational muse, produces an exceptional white wine whose notoriety is worthy of the title of «The Alentejo’s White».
This winery receives, processes and transforms about 8.5 million kilos of grapes per year.
In 2013 the winery was a co-founder of Vidigueira Wine Lands, together with six other regional producers as well as the municipality of Vidigueira. So, the Adega Cooperativa de Vidigueira, Cuba and Alvito ensures not only the excellence of the municipality’s products, but it also promotes an exemplary standard of enotourism, sharpening the particularity of the ‘terroir’ of this region of the Alentejo.
More than half a century after it was founded, the winery intends to fulfill the promise of discovery and affirmation of the Vidigueira region. An area that is so profoundly engrained by the culture of wine, on a voyage that brings the winery and its village closer to Vasco da Gama, and to the conquests of the past.
As a tribute to Vasco da Gama, the wines of the Vidigueira, Cuba and Alvito Wine Co-op tell a story divided into seven acts, and a few more that promise to take us to new sensorial territories.
VIDIGUEIRA, when the wine is a voyage…