The Harvest


The harvest generally starts in mid to end August and can go on for three to four weeks depending on the year.

Picking is done manually in plastic crates and transported to the winery for vinification. The wines are vinified in small stainless tanks with temperature control (22 – 26°C), regular pumpovers and delastage. Touriga is fermented at slightly lower temps to conserve its aromatic potential. Following pressing, half of the wine undergoes maturation in a mix of new and carried over French and American oak barrels. Blending and bottling takes place in June/July of the following year.

We use Syrah and Alicante Bouschet with a little help from Touriga Nacional. The Syurah provides richness and mouth feeling, the Alicante, structure and complexity, and the Touriga, spice and elegance. Each variety is vinified in separate batches and the exact nature of the final blend determined after the evolution of each has been understood.

We use natural cork as the closure.

All wine from the Alentejo is made with an eye on the table. Excellent local gastronomy combines flavours of pork, lamb, coriander, tomato, olive oil, vinegar, eggs and oregano. Food and wine are enjoyed together by everybody.

For Howard’s Folly we suggest decanting the wine half an hour prior to serving and serving it with slow roasted lamb, well-seasoned pasta dishes or casseroles.


Wine Reviews


Wine Pages – Wine of the Week

Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010, Portugal By Wine Writer Tom Cannavan. The Howard in question is an English businessman Howard Bilton, who has partnered winemaker David Baverstock (of Portugal's Esporão winery)…

Financial Times review

JANCIS ROBINSON for Financial Times -14 Jul 2012 "Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010 Vinho Verde The famous Albariño of Rias Baixas made in northern Portugal by Australian David Baverstock for a…

The Parker Reviews

Howard's Folly 2006 Blend of Syrah, Alicante, Bouschet and Touriga National Deep garnet coloured. Earthy aromas of underbrush mushrooms and damp loam over espresso, tar, prunes and dried cherries…


Howard's Folly wins 2 bronzes and a silver at the HK based International Wine & Spirit Competition


The Alentejo, located to the east of Lisbon, has become a leader of Portugal's renaissance for the production of premium wines.

General Enquiries

Sara Duarte Pifano da Costa Eiras
Rua da Repulica, 15
7470-109 Casa Branca
Tel: +351 927 497 549