The Place of Taboadella

A place full of life and character

Taboadella was first settled in the first century. The place had a Roman villa, with a unique quadrangle alongside the Ribeira das Fontainhas and was in its day a property of the high rural classes, consisting a house, winery, granary and other small outbuildings. This rural community formed part of the Roman occupation plan, the strategy being to plant vineyards in occupied lands to established a foothold and to mark their farming and cultural territory. Wine also helped to pay the salaries of the Roman soldiery as well as being an important product to export. In medieval times, historical references to Taboadella re-emerged in 1255, showing houses on the property in a cosy forest setting, with pine trees, oak, chestnut, surrounded by a garden extending to the vineyard plots. A place full of life and character, which still today has the “modus vivendi” of those distant days.

The Roman soul of Taboadella bears testament to its long history

This is the indentity of Taboedella, as much in the vines as in life itself

With extreme conditions of soil and climate between Vale do Pereiro and Vale do Sequeiro, Taboadella’s heart lies among ancient local grapes and vines: Jaen, Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Pinheira que toda a vida deram origem a novas estacas contribuindo para o encepamento original, coming from vines that are perfectly adapted to the locality. Here, where the past and the future complement each other, wines are created from both vine and countryside, com o cuidado particular e paciente que nos permite resgatar do passado a essência da natureza e projetar para o futuro grandes vinhos com uma tipicidade notável mantendo o caráter ancestral do Dão. This is the indentity of Taboedella, as much in the vines as in life itself.

The property recorded in antiquity

A Taboadella is located in Silvã de Cima —Sátão council, district of Viseu — which many years ago was a small parish of the territory of Golfar, which was given to knights that once belonged to the Order of Christ (Knights Templar) and later elevated in status to that of ‘council’, having received the formal charter of King D. Manuel, on 20 August1504. The property appears to have belonged to several knighted families, as shown in the 19th century stone coats of arms of the Azeredo e Albuquerque families.

But the name Taboadella goes back much further in antiquity with recorded mention in the 17th and 18th centuries, and even a mention in the King’s Population register instructed by King João III, in1527, a reference in the Leitura Nova (an important historical document of the time) of King Manuel I, and in the Inquisitions of King Afonso III, in 1258. Other pieces of evidence, including funerial inscriptions also give evidence to the existence of Taboadella right back to the 1st Century.

The ecological Landscape

With its 48 hectares of vines Taboadella has one of the most important records of the local agricultural system.

Closely linked to the vineyard culture of Dão and a multitude of agro -forestry interests it has has guaranteed throughout its history an ecological value in the preservation of biodiversity, integrating the rural and urban community with sustainable production systems. The location and size of the property, ensconced in an open valley, gives it an added importance in the context of ecology and local landscape, marked by olive groves, bush and pine forest, cork oak and others. The biophysical conditions form a true ecological mosaic, strongly marked by the granite formations bringing together the zones of lesser agricultural value. It has a wooded surrounding with meandering pine, cork, oak, cedar, linden and eucalyptus trees, in a landscaped system of mature trees, and a pond with nesting birds. The gardens of the house feature an age old strawberry tree of rare dimensions, a relic of rare majestiy.

Wild Fauna

The pattern of diverse soils results in enormous biodiversity. Many habitats house numerous species of interesting wild fauna, associated with the forests and large bodies of water in the interior. The fauna is varied and numerous: in the forest the European blue titmouse thrives; thrush and wild pigeon, scavenging birds like the round winged eagle and fantastic herons; hidden in the bushes are small mammals such as the mole, squirrel, partridge and rabbit; several reptiles and amphibians such as the Algerian lizard, the common toad and the ‘midwife’ toad appear in good weather; dusk brings sounds and movement from the spectacled owl, toads, bats, wild boar and foxes that inhabit the night. In the small garden pond of the house a couple of herons have taken up lodging as well as a community of nesting royal ducks.

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