One of the largest wine producers in Portugal, Bacalhôa Wines of Portugal (Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal) is set in a 15th-century castle previously owned by the Portuguese Royal Family. Bacalhôa has a long tradition of winemaking—a family-owned company founded in the 1920s, their wines are made from grapes from seven different wine-regions in Portugal.
Bacalhôa offers tours, tastings, a museum and gardens for visitors to explore. The surrounding grounds include carefully manicured hedges among flowing fountains and reflecting pools. The museum houses the family’s private art collection, which contains pieces from Africa, South America, and Asia as well as stunning examples of Portugal’s traditional azuleijo tiles. A highlight of a visit to the estate is the atmospheric storeroom – where antique wine casks lay in a dark room, adorned with ancient Portuguese tiles.
A variety of wines are available for tastings, including award-winning cabernet sauvignons, rosés, port wines. Visitors can purchase bottles and cases of wine, as well as locally made cheeses and other bites.
Bacalhôa Wines of Portugal is located at Estrada Nacional 10, Vila Fresca de Azeitão, 2925-483 in the city of Azeitão and is open Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A visit to the Bacalhôa Winery and Museum is €3, and a visit to the Bacalhôa Palace and Estate is €4, to see both is €6. On Sundays, only tours to the Bacalhôa Museum are available. Visitors can book tours online or over the phone in advance, drop-ins are possible, but are based on staff availability.