A HISTORY OF GENERATIONS
In 1920, a farmer from Aljustrel, Ernesto dos Santos Lança, arrived at an estate at the doors of Vidigueira and fell in love with it, making it the cradle of a family that would never leave that land. The Lança family would then establish on Herdade Grande.
Would not Vidigueira be one of the most symbolic wine-producing regions, the winemaking tradition was also a part of this family, starting from the heritage of the millenary production of Vinho de Talha, of which the son of Ernesto, Eduardo, was a great fan and would come to produce.
In 1946, Eduardo Lança saw the birth of his most special crop, with the arrival of the first-born António. António also followed the connection to the land and estate, to the point where he graduated in agricultural engineering. And like his father, he became an agronomist, winemaker and collaborator of the Adega Cooperativa da Vidigueira.
António Lança, the current family patriarch and owner of Herdade Grande, furthered his interest in viticulture in 1980 when he planted new vines and redesigned a winemaking heritage that would become decisive for the quality and reputation that Herdade Grande has built in the wine sector.
In 1997, after decades of producing for the Adega Cooperativa da Vidigueira, he decided to establish himself as a bottler and place on the market his first house wine. This was a visionary step towards building that which is one of the oldest family brands in Vidigueira. On the label of those wines: Herdade Grande. On its genesis, family, as always. Now celebrating a hundred years of being present at Herdade Grande, the fourth generation is already represented by the daughter Mariana, who is also an agronomist with a Masters in Viticulture and Winemaking.