A gathering of wine lovers and admirers of nature decided to take to itself twenty hectares of good soil in an estate located on the banks of the Guadiana. The elegant portfolio of whites, reds and rosés that the earth produced would confirm, shortly after, the wisdom of this resolution that gave new life to one of the most picturesque areas of the Alentejo.
A group of old friends, hunters by vocation, loving the Alentejo, the Guadiana, the beautiful Mértola village and the local wines, ventured one day to explore twenty hectares of schist soil on the right bank of the river to fulfill the dream of create exceptional wine.
The land is far from the sea, but the proximity of the water and foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão explains that it is sprinkled by a freshness that does not abound in other Alentejo vineyards.
In 1999 the first plantation of Alentejo grape varieties, Trincadeira and Aragonês, after international grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, began a few years later, after detailed analysis, for three and a half hectares of Alicante Bouschet.
To affirm that the project triumphed would be an understatement: the wines added from very early the unanimity of the critics, collecting high scores.
The brief but assertive portfolio is unceremoniously enumerated by João Paulo Martins in his Wines of Portugal 2016 guide, in which he distributes white and red wines and rosés with unusual generosity, favoring the Reserva e Grande Escolha for reasons that they guess
Reserva 2011 red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet, receives 13 months of barrel stage, being produced only in very good years. The critic praises to him the concentration, the vigorous aroma, the good insertion of the wood and the presence of Cabernet. The fine but present tannins recommend to keep some specimens in the basement, to appreciate.
Of the Big Choice Mário red, a homage, only two editions were made, both exceptional. The first one, of 2012, brings together the three castes of the Reserve, but in a dialogue that João Paulo Martins classifies as "very interesting", with a "harmony and serenity that fit the 80's well." "It gives me great pleasure to drink," he concludes.
Already the Grande Selección Mário red 2013 is a monovarietal of Cabernet Sauvignon. "Concentrated in color ... a good Cabernet, ripe, full, with well-present fruits and tannins still a little sharp." So save it.
The house wines reveal common characteristics. The reds with a lot of body, a lot of structure and invariably round tannins, surprise by the elegant conviviality of complexity and freshness. The whites, of a somewhat early vintage, are notable for the balanced acidity, freshness and elegance, with volume.
In a philosophy of respect for the terroir, the Bombeira only uses its own grapes, proceeds to the intense weaving of curls, to the manual harvest, and is proud of the rigorous selection of the grapes for vinification. Always well-deserved in the premium segment, its wines are very prestigious among the locals. For this, the insertion of the estate in the Natural Park of the Guadiana and the respect for the uses of the sweet village of Mértola, that adorns with elegance and love to the art of the vitivinicultura.