You have flown into Lisbon and want to discover one of Portugal’s most respected wine regions? Then, join an Alentejo wine tour to get a clear insight into the country’s “New World” wines and this highly-regarded region that, although off the beaten track, offers visitors a myriad of culture-related activities and some of the nation’s most celebrated wines.
The Alentejo, derived from Além-Tejo or “Beyond the Tagus” (river), covers almost a third of Portugal and it marvels wine lovers and history connoisseurs alike with its sleepy landscape of empty roads, whitewashed villages, fields of cork-oak trees (half-naked once the bark has been harvested from their trunks), vines, olive groves and Moorish castles.
Come on an Alentejo wine tour (usually departing from neighboring Lisbon) to explore this fascinating Portuguese region and its wines.
One of the main advantages of joining a wine tour in Alentejo is that you get to taste the region’s celebrated wines while, at the same time, exploring fascinating medieval towns and historic sites (even pre-historic at times).
For an unforgettable wine tour in Alentejo, get in contact with a local expert: he will ensure you take part in a fascinating wine and culture experience tailor-made to your preferences but showcasing the best the region has to offer.
Walk around the famous walled city of Evora with a history professor as a guide and learn about this historic UNESCO World Heritage site, its Roman temples and the eerie “Bones Chapel” in the Sao Francisco church. Go inside -if you dare!- to discover the macabre inscription on its entrance: “We, the bones that are here await yours”, and you will understand where its name comes from -thousands of human bones, skulls and entire bodies “decorate” the interior. After this spooky stop, indulge in traditional Portuguese recipes dating back to medieval times in a 15th century monastery turned restaurant.
Spend the afternoon visiting the local Pre-historic and Megalithic sites, the medieval town of Estremoz -an enchanting hamlet with a castle trapped in time-, and the scenic town of Reguengos de Monsaraz, home to one of the leading wineries in Portugal, the splendid Esporão estate. Take this opportunity to taste their superb wines, olive oils, and cheeses.
Finish off this incredible Alentejo wine tour with a unique stargazing opportunity: the memorable Dark Sky experience to see the distant stars as never before.
If you are looking for an original wine tour in Alentejo, contact a local expert for a fully-customized program and discover this extraordinary Portuguese region.