Founded in 1955, the roots of the Adega de Borba go back even further to a time when Portugal was not yet considered a kingdom.
Vineyards have been present in the Alentejo for over 3,000 years. It was from the 18th century onwards that wine production in Borba flourished, contributing to strong economic and social growth in the region. Since then, several events have marked the winemaking sector: some positively, such as the implementation of more modern production techniques, and others negatively, namely the destruction caused by the War of Restoration and the Napoleonic Invasions.
Regardless of these changes, the importance of vineyards in Borba has never waned and it has always been the major agricultural crop of the Region.
At that time, production was already spread out in small traditional wineries, with amphoras, occupying part of the numerous houses scattered throughout the villages and hamlets. This was the reality when, on the 24th of April 1955, a group of producers who were dissatisfied with the conditions practised in the market, controlled at that time by “middlemen”, in terms of prices and margins, and aware of the need to gain scale and critical mass to invest in new technologies and strong commercial brands, decided to come together to found the Adega Cooperativa de Borba.
The establishment of the Adega created a success story, not only for the winegrowers, but also for consumers and, not least, for the region. The Adega de Borba was a pioneer in the Alentejo and became a benchmark for the way it brought a quality product to market, promoting better conditions for the economic sustainability of its associated winegrowers.
The strength and resilience of all the faces behind the history of the Adega even today mirror a sense of innovation, daring and courage, who actively contributed to the development of the region. Adega de Borba currently has 270 associated winegrowers who cultivate around 2,220 hectares of vineyards, 70% of which are red varieties and 30% white varieties.
2220Hectares of vineyards
70%Area of red grape varieties
30%Area of white grape varieties
Each one of them distinguishes itself by offering a quality product, carrying in its essence a history that reminds us of the true roots of wine cultivation. It is based on each of their legacies, their sharing of knowledge and their union that the Adega de Borba is able to put the real concept of Cooperative into practice today. Together, we are stronger.Together, we are stronger.