We wouldn’t blame you if you thought Alentejo was nothing more than a beautiful region, with its long plains, fantastic beaches and unique landscapes. The truth is, it’s so much more than that: it’s one of the most important wine regions of Portugal!
However, as in most success stories, it wasn’t always like that. For much of its history, Alentejo wasn’t granted enough support for wine production, resulting in scarce production and only available for locals. Can you imagine what the rest of the world was missing?
We can answer that: the smooth, slightly acidic and tropical fruit notes of its whites; and the full-bodied, tannin-rich and wild berries scented reds. A true delight!
It took a small revolution in the 80’s for this local wonder, the Alentejo wines, to be known and enjoyed globally, namely after the official demarcation of the region. With its warm climate, excellent for the ripening of grapes, it was really surprising how Alentejo wasn’t yet producing on a massive scale. Now it is, and the whole world wins!
It’s important to mention, so you can better understand the region and its wines, that the crops coming out of these vineyards are essentially whites and reds, with a DOC seal or a Regional Wine designation. This “Regional Wine” designation has surfaced so that wine makers could use grape varieties not included in the DOC legislation, like Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Chardonnay — none to be missed!
We hope you’re ready to venture into the plains of the Alentejo, tasting its wines and enjoying its wonderful delicacies.
If you want to do it on a bike, we have a specific tour that runs through some of the most important spots in this wine region, where you can stay in some of the best hotels in the area. Discover the Alentejo Vineyards Colours.