The region of geographical influence of Beira Atlântico is characterised by a slow mineralisation of the soil, a mild climate and a serene and controlled vegetative development, without creating pressure on the water supply.
The proximity to Vouga Valley, and the fact of the region confining as the Rio Águeda and the Rio Cértima make it possible to have a balanced evapotranspiration of the plants. At the same time, the variation in altitude marked at a quota of about 70 metres compared to the level of the river, promotes extraordinary solar exposure as a great benefit to the vine.
These very particular characteristics of the natural surroundings allow vegetation development to never compromise, increasing the photosynthetic process and the production of natural sugars for grapes.
The influence of the Casa D'Almear terroir is expressed from the floral division of the vineyard, as the cold hours impact the number of flowers and consequently the number of bunches, allowing, however, grapes of Superior Quality.
The clay-limestone soils, with high potassium levels and average values of pH 5.8, confer to the vineyard great robustness to diseases and pests. Also, they allow to maintain the water of the soil always to the field capacity due to its clay-humid structure.
The Beira Atlântico Region is influenced by a Mediterranean-Atlantic climate, with average temperatures between 6°C and 30°C and a rainfall between 900 mm and 1100 mm.
This thermal gradient gives rise to stuctured and aromatic wines, without the need for intensive phytosanitary treatments, a factor compatible with the adopted sustainability model.
The herbicides used are exempt from toxicological classification, since the field fundamentals follow the guidance of the Integrated Production Methods.
The unique terroir of this region enhances the natural specificity such as Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Chardonnay, Syrah, Riesling and Merlot varieties, giving the character and originality that define the Casa D'Almear Wines and Sparkling Wines.
obs. Notes in ‘Classic Vineyards’ and ‘Natural Landscape’ by explanation of Eng. Dina Camarinha.