The family of Almeida Garrett settled in the Castelo Branco disctrict at the beginning of the 19th century, when a daughter of Francisco Tavares Proença married Dr. Gonçalo de Almeida Garrett, a native of Porto and nephew of the writer Almeida Garrett. They dedicated themselves to agriculture, particularly winegrowing in the municipalities of Castelo Branco, Covilhã and Fundaõ. At the 1889 Paris International Exhibition they won Bronze medal and a classification in the Gold Book for quality of their olive oil and wine products. When the Republic was founded, the Garrett family emigrated to the south of France. On their return, they planted the first Chardonnay vines in the municipality of Covilhã, which remain to this day the only white grap variety in the SABE/Almeida Garrett vineyards.