A wine producing region with a long tradition, the Alentejo boasts wines that will surprise you for their excellence, aromas and colors as unique as the landscape and the cuisine.
Once an expanse of wheat fields, this is a region where the skyline extends as far as the eye can see, on which the cork oaks bestow a sense of strength and durability. Today, the wheat fields have been replaced by vast vineyards, whose wines take in the power of the landscape and the heat, and can be counted amongst the most celebrated in Portugal.
The distinct characteristics of the soils – granite, limestone, Mediterranean or schist, the long hours of sun exposure and a group of selected grape varieties enable high quality production, combined with the ability to preserve the tradition of flavor, while innovating in the art of wine making.
There is a distinction between the white wines, which are aromatic, fresh and balanced, and the red wines, ruby- or garnet-colored, which are more intense, full-bodied and at the same time smooth and slightly astringent. To make the right choice and know what the best pairing for a meal is, there’s nothing better than visiting a wine cellar where you will be welcomed by the most knowledgeable wine makers who are more than willing to enlighten you.
Another alternative, to get to know more about wine secrets, is to participate in some of the grape harvesting festivals in late summer. Borba is a good example with its Festa da Vinha e do Vinho (Wine and Vine Festival). And if you add the delicious Alentejo cheeses and the fragrant flavors of the Alentejo cuisine to the wines, your visit will surely be richer and more complete.