The Portuguese countryside is a place of passion and serenity, where hearty cuisine, fine wine, pastoral landscapes and the Lusitano horse are an integral part of life. Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, located in the Alentejo region of Portugal, is an elegant, family owned, retreat which immerses guests in the enriching elements of traditional rural Portuguese culture.
The 1700-acre Herdade da Malhadinha Nova estate is a working winery, employing time-honored methods to produce award-winning white, red and rosé vintages. Adjoining the winery is a gourmet restaurant, showcasing Portuguese specialties crafted under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Joachim Koerper. The menu leverages the bounty of the surrounding land and nearby sea, featuring locally sourced ingredients including game, cod, garlic and olive oil.
Poised on a hilltop, the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova guest house includes a full-service spa, employing wine therapy rituals for detoxification and rejuvenation. An infinity pool frames compelling views to the surrounding vineyards and olive groves. The ten guest rooms and suites are adorned with quintessential Portuguese architectural elements: white-washed walls, tiled floors, timbered ceilings and blue, wood-shuttered windows. Throughout the country house, the furnishings are a curated mix of classic and contemporary appointments.
The bucolic setting of Herdade da Malhadinha Nova invites a leisurely pace, yet active options abound. Guests can explore the estate by hot-air balloon, microlight aircraft, all-terrain vehicle, or mountain bike. Tennis, fishing, archery, yoga and paintball are on offer, as well as wine tasting and culinary classes. The staff at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova can arrange workshops on Portuguese crafts, such as pottery, tile and leather boots. Guests can also enjoy tutorials on native music or excursions to view frescoes in nearby medieval towns.
As with all aspects of Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, the equestrian facility is top-notch. The barn is a breeding, training and competitive operation devoted to the Lusitano horse and helmed by Pedro Sousa, a former Portuguese and European dressage champion. Herdade da Malhadinha Nova invites guests join in the equestrian experience, taking leisurely rides through the vineyards, invigorating jaunts across the countryside or private dressage lessons in the indoor or outdoor arenas.
A stay at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is an opportunity to experience the rich and rewarding lifestyle of the Portuguese countryside; one that is truly, the vida boa.
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova: www.malhadinhanova.pt