Ermo

Because it takes distance to go further. Ermo goes beyond the obvious.

ERMO is a peaceful place where we take refuge when seeking peace; where we find time and space to shape our dreams and savor the best of life, with all that it contains.

And so many others

ERMO is Mariana Roque do Vale’s personal project, bringing together some of her greatest passions: wines that tell a story about their place of production, about respect for nature, design, and architecture. ERMO is a pioneering project with a curatorial approach, made up of excitement, dazzle, and rigor, connecting wine, architecture, landscape, and culture. Our goal is to take the Alentejo wines further, developing low-intervention, limited-production wines, that combine the best of the region's soils, the best of the people, precision viticulture, and character oenology.

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Ermo

arinto, white wine, 2020

30,00

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Ermo

magnum, arinto, white wine, 2020

70,00

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Ermo

arinto de barro, white wine, 2021

40,00

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Ermo

magnum arinto de barro, white wine, 2020

90,00

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Ermo

castelão, red wine, 2021

40,00

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Ermo

magnum castelão, red wine, 2020

90,00

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Ermo

blend, red wine, 2020

26,00

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From the land to the hand, from the vineyard to the wine, harvesting the best of this place, taking it further, in a deep respect for nature.

Quinta de D. Maria, located in Serra do Mendro (Vidigueira), near Alqueva, is well known for the quality of its grapes, coming from over 30 year old vineyards and producing some of the best wines in the Alentejo. There are 231 hectares of pure Alentejo, with 36 hectares of vineyards, 10 of which are new vines, and 40 hectares of traditional olive grove, from which we produce limited-edition olive oils using sustainable methods. ERMO olive oil reveals the region's richness and identity of four native varieties: cobrançosa, redondil, galega, and cordovil.

The schist soils and topography of the farm, which stretches over the river and reaches 300 meters in some places, create a terroir with distinct characteristics expressed in our wines with authenticity and audacity. Red grapes from Portuguese grape varieties such as Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Castelo, and Trincadeira are harvested here, along with a tiny parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon. We established a new vineyard partially planned in narrow terraces, with the varieties Alicante Bouschet, Castelão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Miúda, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Sousão, in response to the geography of the place, so unusual in the Alentejo.

Mariana represents the new generation of Casa Clara, pushing Roque do Vale’s family tradition into the future, with an original and contemporary vision in the world of wines.

Much like the Alentejo culture from which it gets inspiration, ERMO is a project with different voices, conceived together by Mariana Roque do Vale, Rita Ferreira Marques, and Joana Pinhão. As a winemaker, Joana Pinhão brings to the project the best new blood of national oenology, pushing ERMO even further. Winemaking begins in the vineyard. In viticulture, João Torres uses his extensive experience and in-depth knowledge to obtain the best grapes, the raw material of our wines, and the foundation of a unique offering that ends in an oenology that is also one of precision and glimmer.

The Ermo project started in 2019, when Mariana Roque do Vale joined the Casa Clara project, becoming a partner of her parents. Mariana was born and nurtured in this setting. She has a degree in Law at the Catholic University of Lisbon, and she has established her professional career in consulting, banking and management, between Lisbon and London where she lived for five years.
Mariana Roque do Vale represents the family's new generation, with a modern perspective and approach to the wine world. Her goal is to carry on the project that her parents started, honoring the past while establishing a bridge to the future, adding new layers and senses to a promising reality.

More world for the Alentejo

The outcome is low-intervention wines with a strong identity, both in the vineyard and in the winery. ERMO wines are made entirely from its own grapes, hand-picked from selected plots at the ancient Quinta de D. Maria (red varieties) and Herdade da Capela (white varieties) The first harvest took place in 2020, with the first ERMO wines arriving in the fall of 2021.

From Ermo we can see further.

A wine is tasted, and, as the landscape, it is savoured. This is why ERMO's proposal is unique and expansive. Starting with wine, it goes far beyond wine, becoming an organic and immersive experience, a wine tourism proposal also based on curatorship and distinctiveness.
The project has its roots in the Alentejo, the land where it all began. But the story does not end there. ERMO's wine tourism branch is already underway, reflecting Mariana Roque do Vale's enthusiasm for design and for the way space influences our lives. In Lisbon's Lapa neighbourhood, a house designed by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha (1928-2021) is the setting for wine dinners and tastings, as well as the beginning of an inspiring journey that ends in the peaceful and endless Alentejo landscape.
A rural hotel, a wine cellar and a tasting pavilion, designed by some of the most prestigious contemporary architects, atelier Bernardes Arquitectura, are currently in the planning stage, and they will bring a new dimension of enjoyment and proximity to the ERMO project.

ERMO is the expression of a desire to carry on a tradition, as well as a desire to introduce a new Alentejo, a new history, and a new vision to the wine world.

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