In the early 19th century, Thomas Reynolds moved to Portugal’s Alentejo region to become involved in the cork business. Three generations later, his grandson, John Reynolds, purchased Herdade do Mouchão. Vineyards were planted in 1901 he built a high-ceilinged adobe winery (or “adega”) and a distillery was added to the winery in 1929, where until today Mouchão's pommace brandy is produced. Today, the Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations. The process is, as it always has been, unhurried. The grape varieties are local, picked by hand and foot-trodden. In the ever-changing world of winemaking, Herdade do Mouchão, remains a traditional, family-run winery.