A new winery (which as far as I can tell is located down the south near Faro) was built and the older buildings were stripped and left to rot. The most recent date I found on site was 1991, so I assume the site was abandoned around this point. The warehouse buildings are actually for lease for the princely sum of 1500€/month.
So I spotted this site from the A road leading past this location (Google streetview image, c2009):
No one appeared to be around, the buildings suitably derelict and being a Sunday morning in a Catholic country, a slight chance of an encounter. I parked the car, walked along the road to an entry point and there I was, in the central courtyard of the winery. The building on the left had collapsed since Google last paid a visit and there wasn’t much to see there. Time to visit the buildings on the right.
The courtyard did have the bizarrest of outhouses, perched next to an aviary with a conical bog.
Moving on, the warehouses were locked and from peering through the keyhole, very empty. The old wine processing troughs were still in place though, with a vintage of indeterminate age in the collection trough.
Rusted screw feed
Vin de Algae
Back in the courtyard, I headed towards the sheds at the back. Incidentally, the house with the water tower was locked, but the base of the water tower wasn’t. I’m not a fan of heights, so left the accent of a 50 year old iron ladder for the next explorer.
Stepping into the shed, I was greeted with this scene – banged up old Ford, lounge chair and a lean to lunch table covered in guano. Quality!
Heading back to the road, I though I would be bold and try the front door of the house with the courtyard. Here, I passed once again the collapsed house – this view from the road. Streetview (2009) on left/Present day. Palm tree seems to have disappeared too.
The house seemed to be a mixture of living quarters, office space and labs and was apparently just walked out of one day. The pics speak for themselves really so here they are:
Unique temperature readings
Checking alcohol content
My office at home looks like this
Mmmm, flavour enhancer