In the early 19th century, Thomas Reynolds (originally from England) moved to the Alentejo region (300 Km north of Lisbon) from Oporto, chiefly to become involved in the cork business.
Three generations later, his grandson, John Reynolds, purchased a 900 hectare property with two small rivers running through it – Herdade do Mouchão. In addition to cork the estate produces olives & cereals and rears pigs and sheep. Vineyards and a winery were set up in 1901 and a distillery added in 1929. Following the revolution of 1974 the property was expropriated and returned to the family only in 1985. Today, Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations.
Life at Mouchão is unhurried, as always has been. A slow pace is the rule. No stress, please! Respect to nature is absolute. The grape varieties are from the estate, picked by hand, foot-trodden and manual pressed -handcrafted wines, total respect for nature. Mouchão is a traditional, family winery, more than 100 years old, committed to the use of the old good techniques and to people. A true love story between an English family and Portugal, its land, people, culture and traditions.