Cortes de Cima is a family estate, with 35 hectares of vines, located near Vidigueira in the Alentejo region of Portugal, 210 Kms southeast of Lisbon, and 50 Kms from Spain.
Vidigueira, Alentejo's southernmost demarcated wine region, has been a wine-growing area since before the Roman occupation. The Romans used 'Talhas' (huge clay urns or amphorae) for fermenting and storing wines, a practice still in use today, and symbolized by the 'Talha' on our label.
Ancient olive groves, with olive trees up to 2,000 years old, share the land with citrus groves, vineyards and Romans ruins. Here Caesar imposed his 'Pax Julia'. Here Vasco da Gama was established as Conde (Count) in 1519 upon his return from his Voyages of discovery.
The brilliant white monte (farmhouse), straddling the hillside with sweeping views across the vineyard and to the hills beyond, has been home to the Jørgensens since 1988. The property, a solely family owned and run enterprise, produces a wide range of agricultural produce, such as cereals, sunflowers, grapes, olives, melons and tomatoes, the latter being transformed into Dried Tomatoes in their own purpose built industrial drier. Hans Kristian Jørgensen, Danish, with a background in mechanical engineering coupled with a practical agricultural experience gained in many years of working in tropical plantation management, is assisted by his Californian wife Carrie.