catarina-vieiraDornas – Herdade Do Rocim/Espaco Rural


Herdade do Rocim is a 120 hectare estate in the Lower Alentejo, with 70 hectares under vine. When it was bought by the group Movicortes in 2000, it badly needed new investment. Movicortes’president appointed his daughter Caterina Vieira as the agricultural engineer in charge of renovating the property. This was far from a sinecure! Trained in Lisbon, Oporto and Bologna, Caterina brought an abundance of technical skill to bear, but it is her passion for wine that has successfully translated terroir to the bottle. She credits playing in her grandfather’s vineyards as the source of her vocation. Today she is one of Portugal’s best young wine-makers. The wines are fresh and penetrating.