in all experiences you´ll have the opportunity to enjoy our ALENTEJO HILLS HIDDEN PLACE, learn about CORK and taste montado typical products
CORK is a NATURAL RESOURCE with UNIQUE FEATURES. Beyond the well known CORK STOPPERS found in the best wines, recent research has discover a significant number of usefull applications
It comes from the trees peeling, known as HARVESTING, and may only happen once every 9 to 10 years
CORK OAK TREES HARVESTING is considered an ART. Experts start learning since they are young from their elders, and only them may do it. This is because they have to acquire special skills to not hurt the tree. Any mistake can result in a wound that will remain forever as a scar and diseases may start there. It is an enormous responsability
This very much Portuguese happening occurs in a special forest architeture only found in the MEDITERRANEAN BASIN known as MONTADO
To share the opportunity of taking part of this alive ancestral ritual, we invite you to a half our full day unique experience. Workers start before the SUNRISE and end at 5pm. Be there
Trained men carry axes they sharpen with proud, looking for the trees ready to drop the bark. You may hear them sing, laugh and chat. The youngest follow them to help carring the CORK and learn. They are not allowed to touch an ax before several years observing the olders. Usually women paint the year of the peeling in each bare tree and catch the bits. At lunch time they provide the group with a typical snack or meet in the local tavern for a typical meal
Meet this experts and witness their work. Hear their stories and whispers. Maybe they allow you to perform some light tasks... Take nothing but PHOTOS and MEMORIES. During the journey we provide a MONTADO FLAVOURS TASTE and at the end we invite you to GENTLY EMBRACE A BARE TREE.
Feel the fantastic aroma exhaled, breathe the FRESH AIR, take time to absorb the landscape beauty, enjoy the SILENCE and discover the discreet SOUNDS OF NATURE... this 5 senses activation will become absolutly THERAPEUTIC. Just try it!
Here human activity and nature are still in balance and MONTADO is reconized as a HIGH VALUE ECOLOGICAL ECOSYSTEM. But it is a THREATENED INHERITANCE. CLIMATE CHANGES and AGGRESSIVE MARKETS compromise this traditional socio-economy. Your visit will help this NATIONAL DISTINCTIVE HERITAGE to prevale
Every spring to summer season, AFTER THE LAST RAINS AND BEFORE THE HIGHEST HEATS, join us in this unforgettable immersion
CORK. 100% NATURAL, THE NEW LUXURY!
When purchasing your experience you contribute to this ecosystem survival. As it depends on weather and availability, we will contact you to schedule and ask about your preferences to prepare a taylormade offer.
CARE FOR ENVIRONMENT & SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES MATTERS Add to your visit other complementary options: a PICNIC; a local TAVERN meal; CANTE ALENTEJANO local Choir; ADOPT an OAK TREE to invest in CARBON RESCUE and BIODIVERSITY conservation. Make it an UNIQUE and very special MEMORY FOR LIFE. Share it with your family, friends, work team and social networks
Thank you for helping MONTADO to prosper!