Alentejo Wine Region
By Viator, January 2014
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
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)