The history of the Adega Cartuxa [Cartuxa Winery] was written by the hand of Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, one of the greatest patrons and philanthropists of the 20th century in Portugal, who invested in the diversification of agricultural production, revitalizing the winegrowing activity promoted by his grandfather, Carlos Maria, and invested in the planting of a vast area of olive groves which became, in the words of the region’s workers themselves, the “factory” they had never had before.
Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida created the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation with the commitment of doing more for people, by people, for more people. It is the productive activity which supports this operational side of the Foundation, enabling the achievement of its mission.
The Foundation has more than 600 hectares of vineyards. Each plot is worked on individually throughout the year, according to its age, grape variety or the characteristics of the soil, always with the wine for which it is intended in mind.
The Adega Cartuxa [Cartuxa Winery] at Quinta de Valbom is today one of the centres for the maturation of the wines produced by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation. The Cartuxa Monte de Pinheiros cellar has the most advanced technology and allows the reception of all the grapes produced in the vineyards.
From an olive grove of about 271 hectares, only the olives picked directly from the trees are used for the extraction of olive oil, which contributes to the quality of the Lagar Cartuxa [Cartuxa Mills] olive oils.
Creating olive oils is more than producing a functional food with a cultural legacy, it is creating oils that express the origin, the work of Man and provide unique and healthy pleasures.
The Cartuxa Mill, equipped with the most advanced technology, produces olive oil characteristic of the region, according to the highest quality standards.