In 1961, my father planted his first vineyard in A Serenada. The land was the property of the family for over 300 years, but it was practically ruined. Then all of a sudden, thanks to my father’s hard work and strong willpower, we had almost three acres of vineyards with 11 different grape varieties growing and growing each day. That was also the year I was born, but I was far from realising that this would be the beginning of a beautiful story. The first wine I ever produced and what would become the project of a lifetime was born from those vineyards.
Now we are surrounded by almost 57 acres of land, 10 of which are vineyards. This is where we produce our wines Serras de Grândola, in the house's cellar where the whole family works.
We were lucky and privileged that our property is located in such a unique place that makes quite the impression on anyone. On the way to A Serenada, we go deeper and deeper into the mountain, lost in these typical pastures for grazing with cork trees. We don’t see all of this endless landscape until we reach the highest peak of Serra de Grândola. From here, we see the mountain, the ocean, the vineyards, and, at last, the house we built in 2013.
The idea for wine tourism came up naturally, as a way to share this place and its best assets - the landscape and the wine.
At A Serenada, the environment is homey, tranquil, and cosy. This has always been a family house, so we wanted to keep that trait. When my husband and I aren’t here, Telma is. She’s been irreplaceable since day one, and she welcomes every guest with a smile and the right words.
We honour the past of A Serenada by incorporating the first registration document of the property, dated 1646, on the label of one of our wines.
Our story and mission
For a long time, I had no idea how important A Serenada would be in my life. I had many good memories of this place and the region, where I was born and raised, but I moved to Lisbon where I studied pharmaceutical sciences. It took me 50 years to come back to my roots and fall in love with winemaking. I decided it was time to carry on my father’s project and enrolled in an agronomy master’s degree to learn the technical skills.
I feel that I celebrate this heritage every day. Our goal is to share it with all our guests.
When I felt I was ready to take over the business I returned and we began to improve A Serenada. We built our own cellar, planted more vineyards, and registered our brands. Today we produce about 15,000 wine bottles a year. We work hard to make sure our wines convey the identity of each field and each grape variety. We want them to reveal this special place’s terroir. And we want the house to be the common ground between the landscape and the wine, the place where the whole experience comes together.
My father’s passion for oenology led him to plant a vineyard in the middle of Serra de Grândola. With over 300 years of family history and 57 acres of endless landscapes, A Serenada is a high-quality wine tourism facility where wine and quietness are plentiful.
On top of the mountain overlooking the ocean
There’s a saying, not mine, that goes something like this: “Alentejo is serene, serene at Serenada.” I think that’s one way to describe this place. It’s still very wild, and we feel Nature strongly here, which makes us live in a tranquil environment capable of soothing everyone who comes by. Because we are at one of the highest peaks of Serra de Grândola, we never run out of mountain views. Not only is the mountain inspiring, but it protects us from the scorching heat in the Summer and gives our wines a very peculiar trait.
People who are born here get used to this scenery and maybe don’t realise how fantastic this place really is.
We face the ocean between the beaches of Aberta Nova and Galé. We can tell the influence of the sea in the landscape and, overall, on the weather. The beaches of Costa Alentejana that are being discovered for their beauty are also close by. Grândola, a must-visit historical and typical Alentejo town, is 10km away. When the night falls, if you look closely you can still see the lighthouse at Cabo Espichel. A place with such diversity has to be nothing less than exceptional.
The soil here is very mineral, rich in iron and schist. It complements the uniqueness of the location, and it comes through in our wines.