Fernão Po Winery, Sustainable Winegrowing from the Charming Península de Setúbal
With vineyards flanked by the Tagus and Sado Rivers, Fernão Pó Winery is located in the wine region of Península de Setúbal. Today, the estate boasts the cultivation of 16 different grapes varieties, sustainably grown in the DO Palmela and DO Setúbal winegrowing regions, producing high-quality grapes. The local climate is famous for its changes and unpredictable storms coming off the Atlantic Ocean coast. This fluctuating weather affects Fernão Pó Winery, where every year is different, and their wines express that difference.
Preservation of Traditions Mixed with Innovative Methods
Established in 1955 by Aníbal Silva Freitas, Fernão Pó Winery has grown both in their wine operation size and the number of different wines they create. The estate was the combined effort of two winemaking families – the Freitas and Palhoça families, who have dedicated their whole lives to preserving local wine tradition. Today, the 4th generation handles the management of the estate under the ownership of Fernão Pó. He combines innovative techniques with conventional wine production methods and dedicates himself to delivering the best quality wines to Portugal.
Constant improvements, hard work, and passion for producing world-class wines are the focus of Fernão Pó Winery.
The Wide Range of Grapes Grown at Fernão Pó Winery
At Fernão Pó Winery, the vineyards span across 70 hectares, out of which 34 hectares are for producing the flagship Castelão grape variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Merlot, Alicante Bouschet, and Tannat are grown on the remaining land. The estate also cultivates popular white varieties, such as Fernão Pires, Síria, Verdelho, Viosinho, and Moscatel. Some more grape types include Franca, Perrum, and Caladoc. Today, modern stainless steel tanks with an automatic cooling feature, oak barrels for aging and refining, a processing unit with 1000 tons capacity, and many more advancements can be witnessed during the visit.