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Producer: Catarina Vieira and Pedro Ribeiro

Country: Portugal
Region: Alentejo
Founded: 2000
Annual Production (of all wines): 120,000 bottles
Farming: Organic, Vegan

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Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim on 100 hectares, 60 of which are under vine. Alentejo is sparsely populated and, in contrast to the rest of Portugal, has many large estates. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Having fairly reliable weather combined with the large plots of available land equates to quality at an affordable price. Wheat is the most important crop grown here, but olive trees, cork trees and vineyards are all important agriculture here as well. Wines from Alentejo are becoming popular as consumers realize the great opportunities available here, and quality is improving exponentially. It is thought to be the new world inside the old world, with highly professional wineries using a scientific approach while respecting the terroir.

The Rocim estate was purchased by the late Jose Vieira, founder of the Movicortes group, which is a Portuguese company that specializes in agricultural machinery, but has its roots in farming and vineyards. His daughter, Catarina Vieira, is in charge of the development of the estate and has her degree in Agronomical Engineering and a post-graduate course in Enology. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero, who has studied Enology at the UTAD (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro), and worked with the Hardy’s Wine Company in Australia. He has also worked on such projects as Herdade dos Grous and Quinta do Valbom. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. With the birth of their son, Jose, Catarina and Pedro look forward to carrying on the family business into the next generation.


Since purchasing, they have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. With a complete overhaul of the vineyards, they were able to plant higher-quality varietals, including international grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet, as well as the indigenous and local varietals. They have also recently started to produce olive oil from 90-year-old trees, with the intention of recapturing the traditions of the region, which is dotted with olive trees.


Located between Vidigueira and Cuba, in the Lower Alentejo region of Portugal, Rocim sits on the Vidigueira fault, a natural landmark which marks the border between the Upper and Lower Alentejo. The East-West facing escarpment of around 50 kilometers in length defines the climate of Vidigueira, and, despite its deep-lying southern location, makes it one of the most temperate sub-regions in the Alentejo. This facitlitates the domaine's goal of showcasing the region´s terroir while producing fresh, elegant, and mineral driven wines.

Outside of the Alentejo, Vale da Mata is the name of a small vineyard located on the slopes of the Serra de Aire hills, in Cortes, where Caterina's grandfather, Manuel believes he produced the best wine of his many years as a winemaker. Vale da Mata thereby recovers a family tradition and celebrates the return of good wines to a very special land.


After the Viera family took over the winery, they made a conscious decision to not only invest in the land and produce higher quality wine, but to also invest and make sustainable contributions to the development of the region. The winery was built with the future in mind, and they have continued to make improvements. Catarina and her team strive to create wines that are elegant, complex and strong. Inspired by her love and respect for her grandparents, her father and her family, her connection with nature, and a true and unwavering passion for wine, Catarina continues to push the limits in what was believed to be possible in Alentejo. She believes that Rocim has great potential in producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition, and has hopes of expanding the brand under the umbrella of quality for the region. She has created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.



Old Vines and Amphorae

Wanda Mann, Somm Journal, August 2020

Herdade do Rocim in the Wine Enthusiast

Rover Voss, August 2020

2018 Mariana Branco named Best Buy

Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2019

Herdade do Rocim in the Wine Advocate

Mark Squires, August 2019


15 Delicious Portuguese Wines to Try Now

Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine, May 2019

Herdade do Rocim in the Wine Enthusiast

Rover Voss, May 2019

The Best Under $15 Rosés To Try This Spring, According To Wine Experts

Olivia Harrison, Refinery 29, May 14, 2019

The A-List Grape of Alentejo: Alicante Bouschet, March 8, 2019

2017 Herdade do Rocim Amphora: Preserving The Talha In Alentejo

Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, March 5, 2019

Trendy New Wine Ideas May Really Be Old Hat

John McDonald, Cape Gazette, February 25, 2019

Old Portugal

Deanna Gonnella, Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 3, 2018

Herdade do Rocim: New Releases from Portugal’s Alentejo

International Wine Review, June 13, 2018

"Talha ho! Herdade do Rocim Clay Aged 2015 – Amphorae in Alentejo"

Sara Ahmed, The Wine Detective

Year's Best Portuguese Wines

Wine and Spirits Magazine, February 2018

Portugal: Summer Refreshers, Big Reds and More

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, June  2017

"Portuguese Assemblage"

Julia Harding, MW,, June  2016

"Year's Best Portuguese Reds"

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2016

"Talha about it part 2: DOC Alentejo Vinho de Talha"

Sara Ahmed, The Wine Detective


"Alentejo's Talha Wine Traditions"

Paul White, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 49, 2015


"Herdade do Rocim Amphora White and Red 2014" 

Sara Ahmed, The Wine Detective


John Gilman - View From The Cellar

July-August 2013 Issue # 46



Appellation: Quality Sparkling Wine
Varietal: Arinto
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91 pts 100 Best - Mariana Espumante sparkling 


Appellation: Vidigueira
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
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Appellation: Vinho Verde
Varietal: Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto
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Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varietal: Antão Vaz, Arinto, Alvarinho
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Bronze Medal DWWA - Mariana Branco 2014
89+ pts JG - Mariana Branco 2012

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Appellation: Açores
Varietal: Arinto dos Açores
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Appellation: DOP Madeirense 

Varietal: Verdelho & Sercial 
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Vinho Regional Alentejano

Varietal: Alvarinho
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Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejo

Varietal: Perrum, Rabo de Ovelha and Manteúdo
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Rocim Amphora Alentejo DOC Branco 2017 F

Appellation: Vidigueira
Varietal: Antao Vaz, Perrum,
Rabo de Ovelha, Manteudo
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90 pts WE - Amphora Branco 2019

88 pts WE - Amphora Branco 2017

Rocim Clay Aged Branco 2018 Front Label.


Appellation: Alentejo DOC
Varietal: Verdelho, Viosinho, Alvarinho
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89 pts WE - Clay Aged Branco 2018

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Aragonez
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90 pts IWR - Mariana Rosé 2017

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Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejo
Varietal: Moreto, Tinto Grossa, Trincadeira
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Appellation: Alentejo DOC
Varietal: Aragonez, Trincadeira,
Moreto, Tinta Grossa
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90 pts WE - Amphora Tinto 2019

91 pts WE - Amphora Tinto 2017

Rocim Amphora Alentejo DOC Red 2017 Fron
Rocim Clay Aged Alentejo 2015 Front Labe


Appellation: Alentejo DOC
Varietal: Alicante Bouschet,

and Touriga Franca
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92 pts WE - Clay Aged 2017

93 pts WE - Clay Aged 2016

93 pts W&S - Clay Aged 2015


Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
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90 pts WE - Touriga Nacional 2018

90 pts WE - Touriga Nacional 2017

89 pts WA - Touriga Nacional 2012

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Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varietal: Alicante Bouschet
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92 pts WE - Alicante Bouschet 2020

91 pts WE - Alicante Bouschet 2018

92 pts WE - Alicante Bouschet 2017

89 pts WE - Alicante Bouschet 2013


Appellation: Alentejo DOC

Varietal: Alicante Bouschet
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Appellation: Duoro
Varietal: A field blend consisting of Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz
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Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varietal: Syrah, Touriga Nacional,
Alicante Bouschet
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94 pts WE - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2020

94 pts WE - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2017

93 pts WA - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2017

94 pts WE - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2016

92 pts WE - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2012
92 pts WA - Olho de Mocho Tinto 2011


Appellation: Alentejo
Varietal: Cobrançosa
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