Alentejo

IG – Alentejano / DOC – Alentejo
General

Endless golden plains flecked with cork trees is the archetypal image of Alentejo. It is in this region that you will find very large vineyards and the most extensive olive tree areas in Portugal.

Of vital importance in the Alentejo is the cork tree, from which cork is collected and used to make wine bottle corks exported worldwide.

Wine Tourism

The wines are usually full bodied, with an intense flavour, made from both national and foreign grape varieties, perfectly adjusted to the hot dry weather.  It is also where wine tourism is the most developed. Many estates have embarked in refurbishing old barns and other ruins, promoting rural and countryside tourism; some opened restaurants focusing on local delicacies and produce; while others decided to make use of dams, hills and valleys to offer outdoor activities.

It is also the region of excellence for Amphora wine, a millenary tradition of winemaking, so special for the region. 

A trip through Alentejo should take a few days, not only because the region is large, but because here nobody is in a rush, life has no schedule or timings and time goes by slower. On a hot summer day, a good cold white wine, under the shade of an olive tree, is one of the best things to do!

Cities to visit: Évora, Estremoz, Portalegre, Monsaraz, Vila de Frades.

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Main grape varieties

Main White varieties: Antão Vaz and Roupeiro

Main red varieties: Alicante-Bouschet, Aragonês, Trincadeira

Antão Vaz is the most planted white grape in Alentejo. Its wines are structured, firm and full-bodied but with low acidity, so Arinto and Roupeiro make a good blend. Alicante-Bouschet represents the most used red grape in the region. It is strong in color, body and flavor. Alentejo wines are usually made from national and international grape varieties that have adapted very well to this hot and dry climate.

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Location

WINERIES TO VISIT

Herdade do Sobroso Wine & Country House
Herdade do Sobroso, is a 1600 hectare property, with a unique landscape of golden plains, cork trees, olive trees and vines which is full of history and heritage.
Herdade do Mouchão
Herdade do Mouchão
Alentejo
 
Mouchão is a traditional family estate winery very dedicated to the Alicante Bouschet variety, since it was here that it was planted for the first time in Portugal by the Reynolds family in the 19th century.
 
Herdade do Rocim
Herdade do Rocim
Alentejo
The Estate provides a number of wine tastings and experiences that will give you a real feel of the Alentejo culture and traditions.
Quinta do Quetzal
Quinta do Quetzal
Alentejo
 
A unique project that combines gastronomy with quality wine and contemporary art, bringing several dimensions of culture to the region of Alentejo.
 
Terrenus
Terrenus
Alentejo
 
A tribute to the 90 year old vines and the Serra de S. Mamede’s "terroir", in the Portalegre region.
 
Cabeças do Reguengo
Cabeças do Reguengo
Alentejo
 
A small property which has very interesting wines influenced by the São Mamede hills and a place to try interesting organic wines from very old vines and stay on their beautiful property.
 
Pista Wines
Pista Wines
Alentejo
 
Born from an old dream, Pista Wines reflects the ambition of its mentor, António Pista, to produce wines that express the elegance of the Alentejo terroir, with sustainable farming practices.
 
Howard's Folly
Howard's Folly
Alentejo
 
Located just a few steps from the city of Estremoz's main square, Howard's Folly is the Alentejo's first urban winery, combining wine, art, and charity under one roof.
 
João Portugal Ramos - Vila Santa Winery
The Vila Santa winery has been João Portugal Ramos's personal project, producing nationally and internationally recognised wines. It is a haven for wine lovers who want to enjoy and explore the historical charm of the Alentejo region.
 
Torre de Palma
Torre de Palma
Alentejo
 
Situated in the heart of the Alto Alentejo wine region, Torre de Palma is a boutique hotel that captivates with its refined regional cuisine and premium wines.
 
Fitapreta
Fitapreta
Alentejo
Started by a Portuguese winemaker Antonio Maçanita, and an English wine consultant, David Booth, Fitapreta is a project which shows passion for the Alentejo region by focusing on finding new ways of showing wines from the Alentejo to the world.
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