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The
Place

In Portuguese ‘Fonte’ means source of water or fountain, and ‘Souto’ is a chestnut grove. The combination of the two words in the estate’s name symbolises the abundance of water from the estate’s natural springs and its beautiful chestnut groves.

Quinta da Fonte Souto is a new wine project from the Symington family in the exciting Portalegre sub-region of the Alto Alentejo in southern Portugal.

It was always going to take something special for us to take our first steps beyond the Douro, and with this stunning property situated at a relatively high altitude within the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park to the east of the hot Alentejo plain, we believe we have found all the conditions we were looking for.

This is a long-term project with the objective of putting the unique terroir of this sub-region on the map, for wine lovers in Portugal and elsewhere around the world.

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The
Wines

Our goal at Quinta da Fonte Souto is to produce a distinctive range of estate wines that showcase the very best of Portalegre, the Alentejo and Portugal.

Quinta da Fonte Souto

Red

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This is Fonte Souto’s flagship wine, named after the beautiful chestnut groves that lie close to the vineyards from which the grapes are sourced, namely the finest parcels of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah, which contribute virtually equal parts to the debut 2017 wine.

The low yields of these vines result in a concentrated, elegantly structured, precise wine that reflects the remarkable freshness provided by the property’s privileged higher altitude position on the slopes of the Serra de São Mamede, above the hotter and drier Alentejo plain.

Quinta da Fonte
Souto 2019

White

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Quinta da Fonte
Souto 2018

Red

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The two core Fonte Souto estate wines embody all the strengths of the property’s unique terroir: the freshness and balance afforded by the altitude; the concentration, which derives from mature, low-yielding vines, and the complexity and structure provided by the judicious combination of grape varieties.

The backbone of the red is the signature Alicante Bouschet variety with important contributions from Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Alfrocheiro. The white is a sublime expression of the Arinto variety, widely regarded as Portugal’s finest white grape, with a smaller contribution of Verdelho.

Florão 2020

White

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Florão 2018

Red

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The Florão wines represent the most approachable Fonte Souto style, made with all the attention to detail and care of the other estate wines but with a more youthful profile intended for drinking young.

The cooler Fonte Souto microclimate is ideal for crafting well-balanced and structured wines with a distinctive identity whose signature characteristics are liveliness, freshness and elegance.

Rosé 2020

Rosé

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Quinta da Fonte Souto Rosé emerged from a small experimental plot of Aragonez grapes on the hillside vineyards of the estate in the São Mamede mountain range. Initially vinified as a test, its surprising quality, balance and freshness led to the decision to bottle it as the first rosé wine made by the Symington family.

The winemaking approach was meticulous but minimalist, using low temperatures and very few movements and interventions. The goal was to preserve its freshness and delicate aromas, achieving a faithful expression of Aragonez framed by the terroir of the property.

Visit

A visit to Quinta da Fonte Souto is your opportunity to experience the place and the stories behind our wines: the sights, the sounds, the tastes.

Choose from a variety of guided walks around the estate, our vineyards, the winery and our barrel cellar. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds, before tasting a selection of our wines just metres away from the vines that grew those grapes.

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CONTACTS

Quinta da Fonte Souto
Est. de Alegrete
Reguengo e São Julião
7300-404 Portalegre
Portugal
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Tel.: +351 223 776 300

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