Cabeça de Toiro (or 'Head of the Bull' in Portuguese) is produced on the historic São João Batista Estate estate in in the parish of Brogueira, municipality of Torres Novas, within the Tejo Wine Region. Just a short drive from the capital, Tejo tends to get overshadowed by the Douro and Dao but is criminally overdue for its own day in the sun. Humming with energy from the clay-limestone soils that have made its terroir ideal for red grape varieties for 2,000 years, Tejo’s deep viticultural heritage is evidenced with the Roman ruins, Gothic castles, medieval hilltop villages which dot the rolling landscape.
An excellent micro climate (close to the Tagus River) and the quality of the soil contribute to the production of top-quality wines. The 96 hectares of vineyards (76 red grapes and 21 white grapes) are equipped with drip irrigation and are planted in vertical trellises. Vineyards are maintained according to an integrated production system, giving priority to ecological and certificated methods (soil conservation and biodiversity maintenance) that minimize the harmful side effects and the use of agro chemicals, in order to protect the environment and human health. Quinta São João Batista is in the vicinity of the Natural Reserve of Paul of Boquilobo and is a sanctuary for the animals from this Reserve that choose it for nesting and habitation.
The winery utilizes modern winemaking equipment with pneumatic presses and temperature controlled fermentation tanks as well as traditional concrete fermenters. The expansive underground cellars accommodate one of the regions largest barrel capacities where wines age in an array of barrel types. Cabeça de Toiro is the wineries flagship wine, produced from the varietals Touriga-Nacional, Syrah and Castelão. It is rich, yet balanced with flavors of ripe red fruits supported by toast and spice notes.