Alentejo Wine Region

By Viator, May 2015

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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.

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Setúbal Peninsula and Alentejo Wine Tour from Lisbon Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes

From USD $103.61

A Passion For Wine - Private Wine Tour to Azeitao

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours

From USD $143.90

Alentejo Tour with Pottery Village and Wine Tasting

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $149.65

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