In 2019 we began recovering the gallery along the Ribeira de Alvacar, using trunks and roots from our pine trees to stabilize the banks. Hundreds of trees and shrubs were planted, but only the toughest survived: tamarisk, wild olives, Flueggea, mastic trees, some willows and cork oaks. The brambles and oleanders are so hardy that they survived grazing on the banks and didn’t need to be replanted!
Vineyard and syntropic orchard
As wine lovers we relish to chance to grow our own grapes. We started with a hectare of Trincadeira Preta and Alicante Bouschet. To take advantage of a small area with better soil, we also planted a syntropic orchard so we can have fruit all year. Inspiration and support came from Mértola’s Agroecology Center.
Modern life makes it difficult to stay in touch with Nature. We want to share our space with those who seek a calm place to recharge their batteries and be surrounded by biodiversity. We are building new houses to welcome you.
Sheep and Goats
All balanced ecosystems require animals. Although we are visited by much wildlife, we decided to introduce grazers in 2020 to help us keep vegetation in check naturally and to improve soil fertility. We selected Campaniça sheep and Algarvia goats for their hardiness and adaptation to our difficult climate and meager food availability.