The Alentejo region, in the south of mainland Portugal, is one of the largest wine regions in Portugal, with approximately 23.000 ha, representing about 10% of the total vineyard area in Portugal.
These soils, being mainly of schistose and granitic origin, show medium to low productivity but with very good natural drainage. Although, in general, the Alentejo is well equipped to produce quality wines, they show their best in schistose soil layers, where the rock is close to the surface. That's the case with Herdade da Fonte Coberta!
The climate shows Mediterranean characteristics, being very dry and warm in the spring and summer, and quite cold in winter. The annual average temperature is between 15 to 16 °C, and the region enjoys a very high level of sunshine, especially in the three months prior to harvest, contributing to perfect grape maturation and the excellent quality of wines produced in this region.
In Herdade da Fonte Coberta, despite the prevailing hot and dry summers, the existence of a dam and several surrounding ponds provide the plants with sufficient water so as to prevent water stress.