We are an innovative, forward thinking, ambitious and growing commercial vineyard in the heart of the Alentejo region, Portugal, that produces high quality wine. Since 2007 South African Mário Pinheiro and Portuguese Nuno Bicó, alongside renowned winemaker Paulo Laureano, have been producing award winning red and white wines.
There are two types of dreamers: those who day dream and those who strive to make their dream a reality and make their vision come true. Mário Pinheiro and Nuno Bicó are both of the latter type. Although they came from different backgrounds, they joined forces with the same affinities, passion, attention to detail and good business skills and duly applied these qualities to realise their dream in making exceptional wines.
In 2007, Ribafreixo Wines was formed in Vidigueira, a region in the Alentejo with an age-old tradition of winemaking. Amazingly, its founders managed to surpass their dreams in just three years. They bought 28 plots of abandoned land, joined them together and created a single property covering an area of 282 acres; then they connected it to the watering system of the Alqueva dam reservoir. They rejuvenated the already existing vineyards and planted new extensions only using Portuguese grapes, some of them indigenous to the Vidigueira region (the exception is our Connections Chenin Blanc). The resulting property, Herdade do Moinho Branco, lies alongside the main lower Alentejo road, 500 meters outside the village of Vidigueira. It is set within a landscape of vineyards and olive trees and is surrounded by the Serra de Mendro mountain range.
In 2012 we opened our ‘state of the art’ winery covering over 40,000 square feet – an ambitious project that will enable us to produce up to 1,500,000 bottles of wine per year in a sustainable and qualitative way, thanks to the technology we have installed for the production of our wines. Located between the extensive vineyards of Ribafreixo Wines, the modern building leaves no one indifferent, being visible from the main road linking the Beja Evora – IP2.
To ensure this qualitative sustainability, we have the HACCP certification and our company is implementing one of the most stringent certifications worldwide – the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (British Retail Consortium).
Are wines have also the Vegan-Friendly certification. To know more about this click here