Use a combination of the different venues to tailor-make your event
A Million Dollar View
We guess you chose to have your event here, so we always try to include the outdoors. Our trump card really is the “million dollar view” over softly upwards sloping vineyards constantly changing with all the striking colours the seasons provide. The eye follows the neat rows of vines up to the horizon where cypress, eucalyptus, umbrella pine and oak trees are silhouetted against the sky. On the lawns at the foot of the vineyards, framed by big marble stones formerly used to hold up barrels in the cellars a row of citrus trees from sweet and bitter oranges, tangerines, mandarins, clementines and tangors exude the scent of their blossom. After the harvest our flock of Suffolk sheep roams the scene... We feel it is a special experience to sample a wine a few meters from where it was grown - you cannot get more regional than this: from here into the cellars and back into your glass. Definitely worth a toast!
The Heart of the Quinta
In front of the main house parts of the gardens, patios and terraces are shaded by mature trees. Often drinks receptions are held here; there are lavender beds and flowerpots, trim box hedges, rose gardens, ancient palms, lush vine clad pergolas and bright bougainvilleas give a Mediterranean feel.
The reception hall has a romantic past: this is where King Dom Luis allegedly watched his beautiful royal mistress, the famous actress Dona Rosa Damasceno on stage; with the King's approval her performances were then allowed to be displayed in Lisbon. The attractive wooden roof construction and original polished pine floor, bow windows with views of the vineyards and plenty of natural light provide a versatile setting for formal and less formal occasions.
The Adega, with its ancient stone fermentation tanks, flag stone floor and its massive barrels holding up to 10.000 litres each never fails to impress. The stainless steel tanks and the French oak barriques illustrate the contrast between modern and traditional wine making methods, of which some techniques are still applied today. Wine tastings, lunches, dinners – the atmosphere can be set with candle lighting and big lanterns.
Celebrate in a Relaxed Atmosphere
The patio is versatile. Sloping down in three plateaus, half open air, half covered this space seems bigger because of a trompe l'oeil wall painting that gives the illusion of a landscape, mirroring the four large arches. To the left a row of small buildings, formerly used as tanks to refine olive oil defines the quintas border on the south side; the floors are in traditional "calçada Portuguesa" and the outside area is decorated simply with wine barrels planted with aromatic herbs. For informal lunches, traditional buffets, coffee breaks or fado afternoons this area is ideal. The covered area can be closed off with French windows on fresh evenings. Strings of party lights provide a nostalgic, festive touch at nighttime.
Olive Oil Press
This is where in the olden days the local olive oil was pressed, the original wall tiles still speak of this period.
Now it is a multifunctional room, used for small events, restaurant meals, business meetings or for dancing during parties. The lighting can be adapted to create the appropriate atmosphere.
Small but chique
This little room is located across the patios, with a small bathroom and a full-length mirror it is very versatile and quite useful.
Near the main entrance gate under the wine clad pergola guests often stop to shop what they have (or even what they have not) tasted! As well as our wine, there is olive oil, honey and other bits and pieces.
A place of worship and a tribute to Saint Anne
The oldest part of the property, the chapel dates from 1633, when it was built by Francisco Ruiz Salgado, in honour of Saint Anne. The classical baroque statute shows Saint Anne with her baby daughter Mary, Our Lady. This chapel is well known in the area for its magnificent hand painted tiles (azulejos) from the 17th and 18th century. The chapel used to be the village Parish Church, when the Church had been destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. Most processions pass through the Quinta. Though we cannot hold weddings or baptisms here, the chapel is consecrated, and Holy Mass is read at least once a month, on every third Wednesday of the month, to which everybody is very welcome.