António Lança

António Lança was born in what is known as “Monte Velho”, the home of the Lança family in Herdade Grande, who has a strong bond to the agricultural activity and Vidigueira.

From an early age, Antonio Lança demonstrated a great interest in farming, something that his father Eduardo instilled, whom himself was a farmer and the heir of all the tradition learned with Ernesto dos Santos Lança, António’s grandfather who had purchased Herdade Grande in 1920 and established his family there.

The toils of the land, especially the cultivation of vines and olives, always filled the day-to-day of António Lança since the day, as a little child, he climbed on top of the first tractor that the estate had ever seen, or the moment when as a proud owner of a degree in agronomy in the late 70’s, he envisioned the current heritage of vineyards, as well as the establishment of Herdade Grande as a wine brand, which came to be in 1997.

A storyteller graced with a delicious sense of humour paired with a subtle smile, António Lança is the founder of one of the first wine products projects in the Lower Alentejo and the embodiment of the passion for Alentejo, that passes through generations and Herdade Grande celebrates.

Wine Phrases
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1998

“a good wine (…) rises to our heads and dries up stupid, melancholy and despondent vapors (…), making understanding sagacious, lively and encouraging …”
Shakespeare, William (1564-1613) (English poet and playwright)

1997

“Wine is after the sun, whose son is the greatest element of spiritual activity on the world.”
Araújo, Norberto (1952-1988) (Journalist / writer)

1999

“Wine (…) disposes of the soul for Love, provided it is not drunk too much and provided the senses are not dulled by abundant libations (…)”
Ovídio (43 a.C. -17/18 d.C.) (Latin poet)

2000

“The wine (…) is the key that without turning, opens the hearts and loosen the thoughts.”
Frei Rafael (Séc.XVII) (Regal preacher and chief chronicler of the Kingdom)

2001

“Good wine in small quantities wakes up for life the one who, by the defect of the heart, is half dying.”
de Serres, Oliver (1539-1619) (French agronomist and writer)

2002

“Wine (…) comforts the sad, rejuvenates the old, inspires the young and relieves the depressed of the weight of their concerns.”
Lord Byron (1788-1824) (British poet and writer)

2003

“In wine are the truth, life and death. In wine are dawn and dusk, youth and transience. In wine is the pendular movement of time. In wine life mirrors.”
Roland, Betsch (1888-1945) (German writer)

2004

“Wine has the power to fill the soul with all truth, with all knowledge and philosophy.”
Bosswet, Jacques (1627- 1704) (French bishop, preacher and writer)

2005

“Whoever does not know how to love woman, music and wine, will remain foolish all his life.”
Luther King, Martin (1483-1546)

2006

“Drink always in anticipation and thirst will never torment you.”
Rabelais, François (1494-1553) (French writer)

VITICULTURE INSPIRED BY GENERATIONS

Insisted on spending every weekend and holidays in Vidigueira, with the grandparents, in Herdade Grande during her infancy and teenage years. The cereals, olive grove, animals and, above all, the vineyard served as a constant inspiration in a way that found it natural to follow in her fathers’ footsteps to have a degree in Viticulture and, afterwards, Winemaking.

Mariana Lança couldn’t be indifferent to the invitation of António Lança, in 2011, to take over the future of the project as general-manager of Herdade Grande. Renewing the commitment and vision of the family in fundamental areas, from sales to marketing, and her main passion, winemaking, where she seeks to honour her fathers’ and grandfathers’ principles. Today, she’s the representation of the fourth generation of the family that arrived at Herdade Grande in 1920.

WINEMAKING.
WINES PRODUCED BY PROFESSIONALS

Diogo Lopes and Pedro Garcia are the winemakers that compose the winemaking team of Herdade Grande. Since their faculty years that they both share a strong connection to Alentejo and Herdade Grande particularly.

VITICULTURE INSPIRED BY GENERATIONS

Insisted on spending every weekend and holidays in Vidigueira, with the grandparents, in Herdade Grande during her infancy and teenage years. The cereals, olive grove, animals and, above all, the vineyard served as a constant inspiration in a way that found it natural to follow in her fathers’ footsteps to have a degree in Viticulture and, afterwards, Winemaking.

Mariana Lança couldn’t be indifferent to the invitation of António Lança, in 2011, to take over the future of the project as general-manager of Herdade Grande. Renewing the commitment and vision of the family in fundamental areas, from sales to marketing, and her main passion, winemaking, where she seeks to honour her fathers’ and grandfathers’ principles. Today, she’s the representation of the fourth generation of the family that arrived at Herdade Grande in 1920.

WINEMAKING. WINES PRODUCED BY PROFESSIONALS

Diogo Lopes and Pedro Garcia are the winemakers that compose the winemaking team of Herdade Grande. Since their faculty years that they both share a strong connection to Alentejo and Herdade Grande particularly.

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Diogo Lopes

Born in Lisbon in 1978, but his Beira roots always connected him to the land. He met an already well-reputed Vidigueira agronomist António Lança while still studying to be a winemaker. He collaborated with Herdade Grande on promoting their wine portfolio while developing a strong empathy for the project and the staff. As if it were returning home, it was with great joy that after 20 years he accepted the invitation from António Lança to take over the winemaking department. On that interval, Diogo Lopes became one of the leading new-generation Portuguese winemakers. An experimentalist, he stands up for wines that are a true expression from the region where they are born. With a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia and a PhD in Winemaking from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, worked as an intern on the Portuguese regions of Douro and Alentejo and in Napa Valley (California). He started his professional career next to Anselmo Mendes, precisely on the region of Alentejo in 2005. He’s also a consultant for the wine regions for Douro, Lisbon and the Azores.

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Pedro Garcia

Born in the Alentejo town of Moura in 1978, he’s the son of an agronomist and, since a young age, a friend of the Lança family.
This connection, as well as the close link to Diogo Lopes, who extended an invitation to work together, we’re determinant towards Pedro Garcia becoming a part of the Herdade Grande winemaking team.
The duo met in the late 90s’ on the Instituto Superior de Agronomia where they graduated. Subsequently, they both interned at Napa Valley. Afterwards, Pedro Garcia worked at Herdade da Malhadinha for a six-year period.
He also kept a passionate devotion towards the growing of olive groves, although briefly interrupted by a project developed in Brazil regarding the launch of a prominent e-commerce platform related to the wine sector.
A former basketball athlete, he’s also a businessman with ties to the restaurant sector, were not the shared passion with Diogo Lopes for high-grade cuisine and its harmonisation with wine.
Like his winemaking colleague, there’s a belief that wines should very particularly exhibit the specific qualities of the terroir from where they are produced.