Portugal is a magnificent country for tourism. You will find vineyards pretty much everywhere from north to south but the Alentejo region in the south is the biggest one. It is hot and dry in summer, but the local grape varieties – Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Antao Vaz and others – are used to it and they have adapted. And growers prefer to use these indigenous grapes instead of French grape varieties that are maybe more famous, but that don’t thrive as well here.
Alentejo wines have a warm, southern character, but also the typical Portuguese structure and freshness that make them excellent food wines and give them a good ageing potential. But Alentejo is not only wine. Here you will find a large part of Europe’s (and therefore the world’s) cork oaks. These forests have a unique animal and plant environment, best preserved by continuing to use natural corks for our wine bottles!
Do you want to know more about Alentejo, the wines, the cork oaks, the food and much more, then come to Alentejo and Setúbal on the wine tour on 25 to 29 October.