The Mertolenga breed is an autochthonous breed, certified with a Protected Designation of Origin (DOP), very rustic and well adapted to the climate and pastures of Baixo Alentejo. It is a very tender meat, with a very characteristic and intense flavor, that delights those who taste it; this meat has unique attributes, confirmed by a panel of tasters that gave the Mertolenga meat nearly the highest rating levels.
The Mertolenga breed is intrinsically related to the deep Alentejo, where it lives and herds, feeding and walking totally free of stress. Its way of life decisively contributes to the sustainability of this natural ecosystem, unique in the world.
The nutrition of the herd of Herdade da Apariça is based on the several pastures sowed and improved. Two pivots of 20ha each, on rotation, allow the production of high quality hay, ensilage and pastures.
The males born in the Herdade are marketed by Promert, S.A., a company that markets, promotes and spreads this Breed, whose origins are located in the region of Mértola.