History of the Vineyard
Estombar's moorish roots and Quinta dos Vales early years.
The quaint village of Estombar, the home of Quinta dos Vales, is one of the oldest parishes in the Algarve. Sanabus, its name at the time of the Arab occupation, constituted an important inland center with a castle called Abenabace, captured by the troops of King Sancho I in 1191.
One of the most intriguing remnants of these bygone days on the wine estate is an ancient 30 metre-deep well with 80 steps, hand-carved out of soil and stone, which lead you down to the water level. A similar well found nearby is also the subject of many stories and legends. According to local folklore both may have been discovered by the Moors and it is said that from these, along with others in Estombar, deep subterranean tunnels ran to the ancient Moorish capital Xelb, nowadays known as Silves, situated 10km away.
Up to the late 20th century Estombar was a very prosperous economic center, gaining importance and wealth with the development of the salt industry and of trade on the River Arade.
The first vines were planted on the property in the 1980's by a wealthy family of Portuguese industrialists, soon after the winery was established. With bulk wine sales throughout the 1990's, the first commercial wines were released in 2003. The 4 Seasons villa and the pool at Casa Margarida were the original infrastructures on the plot.
Fast forward to 2006, when the current owner, Karl Heinz Stock, purchased the winery and that's when the estate began to take on its current grandeur. In 2007 extensive renovations were underway with a huge investment both in funds as time poured into equipment, know-how and housing infrastructures. The objective of this large scale modernisation project was to enable full control and precision in our wine production process and upgrade the entire estate to a high standard. And work doesn't end there. Given its ever increasing popularity as an events venue, the owner decided to build a second larger events facility near the animal area. And who knows what the future holds for this up and coming wine estate? Only time will tell.