Foundation of Adega Jose de Sousa
Jose Maria de Fonseca is a family business that started almost two centuries ago and has stayed upto date with modern winemaking techniques and methods. In 1986, Jose Maria da Fonseca fulfilled a lifelong dream by buying the Agricola Jose de Sousa Rosando Fernandes property in 1986. Here, on an old historic estate, the Alentejo wine was made with traditional techniques as followed by ancient Romans. It is one of the most unique wineries in the world nestled in the centre of the beautiful Reguengos de Monsaraz town.
Roman traditions of the winery
The unique winery has kept alive the ancient Roman tradition that was practised over 2000 years ago. The winery has around 114 clay amphorae and uses a very rare and old fermentation process for the production of wines. The old cellars are underground and have two presses for the grapes. The new winery features 44 stainless steel tanks and other modern equipment necessary for the production of red and white wines. The estate is perfect to see a blend of old and new methodology.
The main grape varieties that are used here include Trincadeira, Aragonez, Grand Noir, Antão Vaz, Alicante Bouschet, and Moreto. Only the best grapes are fermented in the cellar to make red and white wine. Some of the most famous wines made here include Jose de Sousa, Jose de Sousa Mayor and J. You can taste some wines accompanied by the best regional products in the region, in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.