Cork Harvest

Even though Monte do Casarão is a former eucalyptus plantation, there are many cork oaks as well. Once every ten years (the ten-year-period is verified on the basis of the tree rings in the bark) the tree can be divested of its bark, i.e. the cork.

The seven of us did the job: four cork cutters (the trade is handed down from father to son), two dogsbodies and one young man who painted the number 8 (from 2008) on the denuded trees. The cork was cut in the course of one Saturday, and the Monday after it was moved in front of Casarão Velho. After it had dried for four weeks, the cork was weighed and sold.

Our first harvest yielded 124 arrobas (one arroba is about 15 kilos). Since only part of our cork oaks have been peeled, we stand to expect a similar amount every third year.

The funny thing is that for the cork to be cut at all, we needed to have a road constructed through the valley behind Casa Boa. This road was constructed a few days before the cork cutters arrived. None of us noticed a thing. All of a sudden, it was simply there.
35 hectares is a lot of land!

PAINTINGWEEK

Schilderen in Portugal * Carvalhal

Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like.s.

Painting weeks in 2021:

April 13 - April 20

October  5 - October 12

 

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OCTOBER

October. The grapes are picked, stripped of leaves and stems and pressed. First the white (good for about 36 litres of chardonnay and 46 litres of sauvignon blanc) and two weeks later the red, good for about 250 litres of red wine, a mix of alicante bouchet, sirah and touriga nacional, typical Portuguese wine.
Everything is fermenting now. In a few months we will taste it. We hope that the wines will be as good as those of last year.

 

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