The Alentejo region covers about a third of Portugal, however only five per cent of the land is planted with vines. The region is known for iconic vineyards and old vines that have survived through the ages. Investment in cellars, vineyards and introduction of modern technology has led to production of softer whites as well as powerful reds.
At just a short drive from the capital Lisbon, UNESCO World Heritage sites and landscapes that find comparison with Provence and Tuscany, the Alentejo region is becoming one of the most sought after destinations for a wine vacation.
Tour the wineries and cellars with winemakers, enjoy wine tasting at the vineyards and drive through the magnificent landscapes. Combining vineyard and gourmet experiences is a perfect way to explore this picturesque wine region.
Local grape varieties, long hours of sun exposure and distinct characteristics of the soils enable high quality production while innovation in winemaking techniques and processes has led to the preservation of traditional flavors.
Traditional Portuguese grape varieties dominate the region, but now Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are often blended with the local varieties. The greatest strength of this region is diversity in wine growing and wine making of both the reds and the whites.
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