FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE ALENTEJO
Legend has it that Santa Luzia appeared to some shepherds by an olive tree near Pias, Serpa, and ordered them to raise a chapel for her veneration. The name Monte da Capela derives from this chapel built in the 16th century on its land and in memory of the patroness who is still the inspiration for festivities throughout the region.
The tradition of the story is repeated in the wine. Monte da Capela was the result of the inventiveness, wisdom and accumulated experience of its partners. The leadership of the largest companies in the wine industry and Alentejo promotion was the motivation to develop a personal project that drew on the best of the Pias terroir and Alentejo grape varieties to create wines that are unique in concentration of colour and aroma.
Monte da Capela is located in the Alentejo wine region. It’s established in the sub-region of Moura, concretely in Pias, municipality of Serpa.
Moura is strongly continental. The climate is characterized by high values of maximum temperatures, low rainfall (500 mm/year) and high thermal amplitudes. The sunshine values exceed 3,000 hours per year. The insolation is very high particularly in the quarter before the harvest, contributing to the perfect maturation of the grapes and quality of the wines.
This sub-region covers areas of the municipalities of Moura and Serpa. To highlight two wine production centers: one, near Moura and another, with a great prestige, located near Pias, municipality of Serpa. This sub-region is located in the interior Baixo Alentejo, on the left bank of the Guadiana River, near the border with Spain.