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Wine Touring

Wine is putting the Alentejo on the map, especially our red wines. Their savory flavors are rich, concentrated, and aromatic whether produced in the traditional or the modern style. Portuguese grape varietals dominate the Alentejo but newcomers, such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, are beginning to make inroads, primarily in blends.

We’ll provide directions or arrange a car and driver if you prefer. Here are four of our favorites.

Adega da Cartuxa

Within walking distance and located in a 16th century Jesuit refectory. The Cartuxa is the principal activity of an Évora based not for profit. Both the red and white wines are very good. They even produce the region’s most expensive wine, Pera Manca. (2 km)

Herdade do Esporão

The largest private winery in Portugal, this estate dates back 700 years. Experienced in cultivating over 40 varietals, this is a great option if you are near Monsaraz. The new wine facility is stunning. If you have a spare 1/2 hour, ask to see the museum. Their restaurant is also very good. (45 km)

Quinta do Quetzal

Built on the ruins of a Roman villa housing what is believed to be the oldest wine cellar in the Iberian Peninsula. Near the town of Vidigueria, this family estate produces wines highly rated by Wine Enthusiast. (80 km)

Comenda Grande

A family owned business near the town of Arraiolos, Comenda Grande produces highly drinkable red and white wines at super reasonable prices. (20 km)