Sustainable wine growing from charming Península de Setúbal
With vineyards flanked by Tagus and Sado rivers, the Fernão Pó is located in an elegant wine zone of Península de Setúbal, Portugal. Today, the estate boasts 16 different vine varieties, sustainably grown in the DO Palmela and DO Setúbal wine-growing regions, producing high-end vintages. The local climate is famous of its changes and of course, it affects the Fernão Pó Winery, where every year is different, and their wines express that difference.
Fernão Pó – preservation of traditions mixed with innovative methods
Established in 1955 by Aníbal Silva Freitas, the Fernão Pó winery has grown cardinally, both in operations and production lines. The estate was the combined effort of two winemaking families – Freitas and Palhoça, who have contributed their whole life in preserving local wine tradition. Today, the 4th generation handles the management of the estate under the ownership of Fernão Pó. He has combined innovative techniques with conventional methods in wine production and dedicated himself to delivering the best quality wines to Portuguese.
Rich range of grapes at Fernão Pó Winery
At Fernão Pó Winery, the vineyard zone spans across 70 hectares, out of which 34 hectares are for the production of the flagship Castelão variety. On the remaining land, spicy Cabernet Sauvignon matures, along with Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Merlot, Alicante Bouschet, and Tannat. 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.
Constant improvements, hard work, and passion for producing top-class wines are what Fernão Pó thrives. Today, modern stainless steel tanks with an automatic cooling feature, oak barrels for ageing and refining, a processing unit with 1000 tons capacity, and many more advancements can be witnessed during the visit.