WINES FROM ALENTEJO
Portugal is known for the tradition of wine regions, full of history, flavuors and very special aromas. Due to its continental territory and islands, we can find several different wine regions, including Alentejo.
In this region of Portugal, quality wines with history are the perfect pairing. Alentejo wines are wines of excellence, originality, and quality.
Alentejo produces half of Portuguese wine, and is the largest producer of cork in the world. Alentejo (literally "land beyond the Tejo") is a hot, dry and mostly mild region in the north of the Algarve that has been ignored by almost everyone. A long history of turmoil means that many of its cities are on top of hills - not just Évora, but the medieval village of Monsaraz on the Spanish border, the baroque Montemor-o-Novo above Lisbon's main E90, and the city of Beja in the South. This large fertile region, a third of the country in area, is known as the gastronomic soul of Portugal.
The food is neither peasant nor sophisticated, but rich in ingredients such as sheep's cheese, black pork, cod, wild mushrooms, and asparagus. The cities have their own specialties, such as spicy oils or desserts made from egg yolks. It is this rich individuality that makes Alentejo special - and the fact that it produces almost half of Portuguese wines.
A wine region with a long tradition, Alentejo has wines that will surprise you with their excellence, aromas, and colours as unique as the landscape and the cuisine. This region, where cork oaks give a feeling of strength and durability, was formerly an extension of wheat fields. Today, the wheat fields have been replaced by vast vineyards, whose wines absorb the strength of the landscape and the heat, and can be counted among the most famous in Portugal.
In addition to the Alentejo Regional Wine, which spreads throughout the region, wine producers are spread over 8 areas with the designation of origin - Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos, Vidigueira, Évora, Granja / Amareleja, and Moura, which allows a diversity of choice in any part of Alentejo.
The different characteristics of the soils depending on the area (granite, limestone, Mediterranean, or schist), the long hours of sun exposure, and a set of selected grape varieties allow for high-quality production, combined with the ability to preserve the tradition of flavour while innovating in the art of winemaking.
It distinguishes between white, aromatic, fresh, and balanced wines, and reds, ruby, or garnet, more intense, full-bodied and at the same time smooth and slightly astringent.
With more than 22 thousand hectares of vines planted, the Alentejo region produces around 88 million liters of wine, being responsible for most of the wine production in Portugal.