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Alentejo Wine Region

By Viator, January 2014

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The Alentejo wine region sprawls across southern Portugal from the Spanish border to the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast, curling round Lisbon and touching on the Algarve in the south. These plains are fast becoming one of Portugal’s premier wine-producing areas, acquiring a reputation for excellent DOC reds as well as cheaper but eminently drinkable Alentejano VR table wines.

Although the vast, flat Alentejo plains are Portugal’s greatest growers of cork and olives, wine has also been produced in the region since Roman times. Recent improvements in the standard of vintage comes from the introduction of French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the 1990s; these are now used alongside traditional Portuguese grapes such as Castelão and Antão Vaz. The Alentejo produces mainly full-bodied reds, similar to Aussie reds, but some whites are also bottled here – the reliably hot and dry summer weather and chilly winters make perfect conditions for growing vines.

Wine buffs keen to explore the Alentejo region and discover new vintages can combine wine tasting in a renowned Alentejo adega with a visit to the region’s ancient and charismatic capital, Évora. Here there are prehistoric standing stones, Roman ruins, an ossuary, and a splendid Gothic cathedral to explore before enjoying a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quality local restaurant. Small-group tours spending the day in Évora have the chance to sample some fine reds at the splendid Adega da Cartuxa, one of the Alentejo’s premier wineries.

If time is short, take a evening’s gastronomic walking tour of Lisbon, allowing your gourmet guide to suggest tastings of the very finest of Alentejo produce from fine red wines to delicious olives and cheeses.

Tours & Tickets

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Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Take this day trip from Lisbon to see the beautiful World Heritage Site of Évora. Leave Lisbon via the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the Tagus River, and ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.03

A Passion For Wine - Private Wine Tour to Azeitao

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing day as you head into the Portuguese countryside on a Private Wine Tour to Azeitao. Visit Bacalhoa Palace and sample the local Portuguese ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.38

Alentejo Wine Region and Évora Day Trip from Lisbon

3 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Explore the historic town of Évora and the beautiful Alentejo wine region on a day trip from Lisbon. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Évora, a UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.40

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