A century-old estate

The earliest documents recording the name of Herdade de Pegos Claros, also known as Sesmarias de Pegos Claros, date back to 1920. For at least a century, the estate has been prominent in the production of wines with a distinctive profile, building a lasting legacy that, since 2010, has been recovered and, most importantly, developed to higher standards of quality and excellence.

The estate is located in the county of Palmela, and part of its perimeter coincides with the dividing line between the counties of Palmela and Montijo. It benefits from a Mediterranean climate with patent Atlantic influence, which is characteristic of the Setúbal Peninsula, and it is fundamentally composed of sandy soils in a total area of 535 hectares occupied by cork oaks, pine trees, irrigated area and vineyards.

The Herdade de Pegos Claros holds a commitment to keep our forests with an environmentally consistent, socially beneficial and economically viable forestry. The cork oaks and tame pine trees that make up the forest area yield good quality cork and pine cones for pine nuts, in excellent conditions of profitability and productivity. Our cork oaks are relatively young, probably introduced in the 1930s in regular intervals. The tame pine trees area has undergone successive improvements and displays a regular distribution in various age categories. 

Pegos Claros stands out especially for its extraordinary historical grapevines, mostly comprising centenary Castelão grapevines, a living testimony of one of the most appreciated territories of the registered designation of origin: the sandy soils of Palmela. By implementing a viticulture based on biological processes and conservative enology, we obtain authentic, expressive, differentiated and very characteristic wines, that continue to amaze and captivate a legion of admirers and followers, both in the national and international markets.

Our team

The specificity of our vineyard and winery is capable of producing special wines, but this is possible only thanks to a group of committed people with strong ties to this land. Overcoming difficulties, our work in the vineyard stimulates affective relationships with the whole project. It is undoubtedly a dedicated, creative teamwork with a strong human bond to the grapevines and to the wine, a work in which everyone shares a deep sense of belonging.

This is the case of Paulo Santos, proud estate warden for over 30 years, whose daily life, together with his family, is focused on the demanding necessities of the property. It is also the case of Bernardo Cabral, a well-known enologist, whose technical work has succeeded in restoring the prestige the Pegos Claros brand deserves.
All this work has been a team effort towards the objective of restoring the ancient prominence of this estate and of building its future.