The Eugénio de Almeida Foundation is a private institution of public utility, whit its head Office in Évora. Its statutes were drafted by the Founder himself, Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, when it was set up in 1963.
The Foudation’s practical objectives are cultural, educational and social welfare, and it as the further aim of supporting developments and improvements in the Évora region. Amongst its assets, granted by the Founder to provide the economic basic for the furtherance of its objectives, there are a number of rural properties of 6.687 acres within the Évora region, witch 5.500 acres are used by the Foundation to carry on farming activities, animal husbandry, viticulture and some industry.
Vineyards are an integral part of Alentejo Region since time immemorial, and the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation also has history of viticulture. It as been making its own wine since the 19th century, at the Cartuxa winery.
The grapes are processed at the famous Cartuxa Winery, a former Jesuit house that was designated a national treasure in 1755. A wine press was already there in operation in 1776. In this historic setting the Eugénio de Almeida Foudation has invested in quality as well preserving its heritage and the house boasts a sizeable modern winery. Continuous research and development devoted to acquiring knowledge of the vines, the grape varieties and wine making techniques have resulted in wines with character and a distinctive style.
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