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Technical Tours

Technical and Cultural Visit, 9th July 2020



Option 1 – Vale da Rosa and Monsaraz


Herdade do Vale da Rosa – the largest Portuguese table grapes producer known worldwide by its seedless varieties of superior quality, located at 70 km from Evora.

The farm is located in Ferreira do Alentejo, a region characterised by more than 3.000 hours of sun per year, high temperature and low humidity, which is essential for the flavour, sugar content and nutritive value of the grapes produced. The vineyards are protected with nets and plastic screens that produce a micro-environment favourable to the development of the grapes, covering a production area of approximately 250 ha with 12 varieties of grapes that are recognised for their quality (http://www.valedarosa.com/?lang=en).

The visit starts with a tractor ride through the Vale da Rosa vineyards, during an intensive harvesting period, which allows the observation of the different grape varieties, structures and covering materials. The visit continues in the processing unit, including grape selection, packing, cooling and storing facilities. The visit ends with a lunch under the vineyards.

The visitors will then go to Monsaraz, a graceful medieval village of the municipality of the Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Monsaraz – historic medieval village located in the top of a hill, on the right margin of the Guadiana River in Portuguese Alentejo region, near the border with Spain. It’s one of the oldest Portuguese settlements of southern Portugal, occupied since pre-history. The monumental village exhibits various forms of art permanently displayed in the various historical buildings of this village. Monsaraz is a true Open Museum.

Évora expected arrival time – 19:30 h

 

 

Option 2 – Eugénio de Almeida Foundation (Cartuxa) and Monsaraz


Eugénio de Almeida Foundation (EAF) - a private institution classified as public utility, which seeks full, integral and sustainable human development in the Évora region. Cartuxa is the umbrella brand of Cartuxa Winery, Olive Mill and Wine Tourism (https://www.cartuxa.pt/en/0/0/0/).

The Foundation’s vineyard is a valuable part of its patrimony, currently over 400 ha, planted according to stringent criteria of soil type, relief and sun exposure. Wine production reaches about three million bottles a year, comprising white, red, rose and Cartuxa sparkling wine.

Olive oil is other key agricultural product of the EAF, a characteristic Alentejo product that has been part of the Mediterranean diet for 6,000 years. The EAF has an olive grove of about 400 ha irrigated with recycled water recovered from the olive mill. More recently, EAF has invested in almond production (approximately 160 ha), as a new agricultural product.

The visit starts in Cartuxa Winery at Monte de Pinheiros, located 7 km from Évora, with a tour through the vineyards and the winery, equipped with the latest and most sophisticated technology. The visit continues along the almond trees, the olive grove and the olive mill which is equipped with a modern, fully-automated facility that ensures extraction of top quality olive oil.

The visitors will then have lunch at Monsaraz, a graceful medieval village of the municipality of the Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Monsaraz – historic medieval village located in the top of a hill, on the right margin of the Guadiana River in Portuguese Alentejo region, near the border with Spain. It’s one of the oldest Portuguese settlements of southern Portugal, occupied since pre-history. The monumental village exhibits various forms of art permanently displayed in the various historical buildings of this village. Monsaraz is a true Open Museum.

Évora expected arrival time – 19:30 h

 

 

Option 3 – EDIA and Monsaraz


EDIA - Empresa de Desenvolvimento e Infraestruturas do Alqueva, S.A. – a public company located at 50 km from Évora, is responsible for building the infrastructures and management of the Alqueva Multipurpose Project (EFMA) (https://www.edia.pt/en/).

EFMA is a project focused on the Alqueva Dam, the largest strategic water reserve of Europe, aimed at the economic and social development of the region where it operates, through the guarantee of water resources.

The total storage capacity of the Alqueva reservoir is 4,150 billion m3, of which 3,150 billion m3 is its usable volume under normal operation. Through EDIA infrastructures, Alqueva irrigates about 120 000 ha of agricultural land, ensures water for public supply to 200 000 people and produces enough hydroelectricity to supply a city with more than 500 000 inhabitants.

The visit starts with a multimedia presentation on the Alqueva Multipurpose Project (EFMA) to show Alqueva’s general irrigation system, followed by a film and a brief Q&A session. The visit continues at the Álamos and Pedrógão Pumping Stations, that guarantee the water supply to other subsystems, even in periods of extreme drought. The visit ends at the Pedrógão Dam Fish Passing Device. This device ensures the continuity of the river, reducing the barrier effect of this infrastructure, enabling the realization of migratory movements for reproductive purposes of indigenous fish species.

The visitors will then have lunch at Monsaraz, a graceful medieval village of the municipality of the Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Monsaraz – historic medieval village located in the top of a hill, on the right margin of the Guadiana River in Portuguese Alentejo region, near the border with Spain. It’s one of the oldest Portuguese settlements of southern Portugal, occupied since pre-history. The monumental village exhibits various forms of art permanently displayed in the various historical buildings of this village. Monsaraz is a true Open Museum.

Évora expected arrival time – 19:30 h

 

 

 

 

 

 

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