The organic essential oils from aromatic plants of Portugal
A PROJECT OF LIFE IN ALENTEJO
François Goris was born in Belgium in 1962.
His training in management made him ready to enter the business world, however at the age of 30 he changed course and made his dream of a new life come true. He moved to Portugal and found his true self in a small piece of land surrounded by pure nature, an irresistible climate, bright light and... marvellous scents.
“Nowadays any enterprise must embrace in its very conception the essential principles of sustainability. Let me proudly introduce the exceptional scents of the Portuguese mountains.”
HISTORY OF HERDADE
At the beginning of the 20th century, Herdade de Vale Côvo was exclusively used for hunting. In 1992 the place was entirely renewed by its present owner. Nowadays, it is converted to a sustainable place, valued by the restoration of the local aromatic plants and the distillation of its essential oils.
The property is situated in the protected area of Guadiana Valley Natural Park, between the villages of Mértola and Serpa. In this region several species of native aromatic plants and medicinal herbs have long survived in their original ecosystems and have adapted well to nutrient-poor soils and to the dry and hot summers.
The project is driven by the principle of sustainable development: “Growth, yes… but not at any price” Our main goal is not to maximize the profit but to ensure the quality of the final product, contribute to the preservation of the environment, and to satisfy our customers.
The project offers a farming and tourist experience in a region suffering severely from emigration and depopulation.
Contributes to preserve and promote the natural resources of the region and its native aromatic plants.
Solar and wind energy, together with biomass, are the main sources of energy used in the project.
The leftovers of plants after the distillation process are turned into compost and used to fertilise the crops.
Our essential oils 100% BIO
Discover our essential oils and their medicinal virtues
Discover our cosmetics 100% BIO
Our range of bio cosmetic products is produced in our cosmetic laboratory
Body oils are produced based on our biological essential oils. Its extreme quality gives your skin a hydration of excellence.
Our colony waters are produced in Herdade de Vale Côvo with biological essential oils and ethyl alcohol from organic wheat.