CARM - Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira,
Lda is a strictly family concern, having been in the
same family since business began in the middle of the
17th century. Farming activity has always been centred
on the region in which the river Douro flows into
Portugal, where the world's oldest denomination also has
its origin, the "Região Demarcada do Douro"
of Port wine.
Our aim has always been the production of
high quality olive oil and wine, coming only from olives
and grapes from our own farms, with 220 hectares of
olive groves and 62 hectares of vineyards around the
village of Almendra, the finest area of the Douro
Superior within the Archaeological Reserve of Vale do
Côa, under organic farming as the EC Reg. Nr. 2092/91.
The nature of the soils - very poor and
stony, on steep slopes - together with the robustness of
the climate, characterised by high temperatures and very
low rainfall (c. 400mm p.a.) have shaped the traditional
cultivation of this area for centuries.
As early as the 8th century, the historical records
point to the cultivation of vines, olives and almonds as
the only ones naturally adapted to the very harsh
conditions of this region.