The Casal Branco estate is located on the left bank of the Tagus river in the Almeirim - Potrtugal, and has been owned by the same family for more than two centuries. It has an area of 1100 ha of wich 140 are under vines.
The existing vineyards are predominantly out of Portuguese varieties such as the white ” Fernao Pires”. The red wines are produced basically out of ”Trincadeira”, ”Castelao”, ”Touriga Nacional”; and more recently Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdoot, Alicante and Syrah. The vinification is carefully done at the old winery, wich is a building dating from the XVIII century, adapted to the new techniques, essential to respect and take the best out of the potential quality of the grapes. All this added to the long traditional of wine productin is nowadays reflected on the public regocnition of the wines produced at Casal Branco.
Falcoaria is the Portuguese word fro Falconry, and this was indeed the favorite sport of the Portuguese royal family three centuries ago. The vineyards that nowadays produce the grapes used in the making of Casal Bramco wines were planted in what was until the seventeenth century one of the largest royal falcon hunting grounds i Portugal.