On 16 March, at 6pm, Borba’s Interactive Museum House will host Filipe Ladeiras, winemaker at Herdade da Cardeira, for another Wine Tasting, accompanied by regional snacks.
This property, located in Orada, in the municipality of Borba, defends the idea that wine is the result of a creative process that begins in the vineyard, passes through the cellar and ends with the bottle being opened by the consumer.
On February 17th, at 6 p.m., Borba’s Interactive House-Museum opens its cellar doors to welcome producer Rui Falé, from Courelas da Torre, for an evening of tastings of organic wines accompanied by regional snacks.
Inspired by ancient Rome, its winemaking techniques in clay pots, traditions and plays, we will create a carnival mask inspired by Roman theatre through clay!
After learning about the process of “Vinho de Talha” – the technique of making wine in clay pots left by the Romans over 2000 years ago – and how this nectar of the gods is still made in the Alentejo, we’ll travel back to ancient Rome.
We challenge families to create their own clay mask, inspired by the Roman masks used in theatre plays in the 1st century BC.
Around the 1st century BC, theatre in Ancient Rome was a diverse artistic form, ranging from street theatre and acrobatics at festivals to the staging of comedies by Roman playwrights, religious performances of a serious or satirical nature.
In Latin, Persona is the word for mask. Unlike today, where the mask has the role of concealing identity, at the time the mask was simply the object through which the actor personified his character.
When it came to painting and portraiture, the Romans were more realistic than the Greeks. They created detailed reproductions of faces. These masks represented generic types: young people, adult men, women, gods or kings.
The Talha wine is produced by hand using the ancient technique of fermenting grapes in clay pots. This technique dates back to Roman times and has remained unchanged for over 2000 years, passing down from generation to generation.
It was the ancient Romans who introduced vineyards, winemaking techniques to the Iberian Peninsula viticulture and the art of wine making.
The large amount of archaeological finds, Roman ruins and engravings in the Alentejo region demonstrate the previous and strong Roman presence in Hispania. Some of them show how the Romans made wine and stored their wines in pots and vases similar, or even identical, to the talhas.
Talha, which derives from the Latin “Tinalia” means vase or vessel of large dimensions. A carving is, therefore, a clay pot, more or less less porous, which is intended for fermentation and storage of musts wines and various liquid products such as olive oil and vinegar. They come in different sizes and shapes but rarely exceed two meters in height and one ton in weight, which can, at most, contain 2,000 liters of must.
It is said that carvings appeared in Georgia, where they are called qvevris, in the year 6000 BC. A qvevri was found on Mount Khrami dating from this period, proudly decorated with bunches of grapes in relief.
The Casa Museu Interativa de Borba opens its cellar doors and invites you to a Fado Night with friends, wine and snacks! We welcomed Carlos Arvanas, Rute Sousa, José Geadas on viola and António Barros on Portuguese guitar.