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Alentejo is Portugal’s wine country too, where centuries of tradition are combined with the latest technologies to produce world-class wines. The region’s vineyards pre-date the Romans and today house more than 250 producers. The soils are very diverse, with varied outcroppings of clay, schist, granite, marble and limestone – perfect for vine cultivation. The ideal climate for winemaking paired with the wisdom of local winemakers who create unique wines ranging from light to bold, both white and red. As for the grapes varieties, there are many and almost all distinct to the region. They include the whites grapes Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro, and the reds Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Trincadeira.

Try the Vinho de Talha, a wine aged in an amphora, the exact way the Romans made their wines more than 2,000 years ago.

In the Alentejo, wine has been cultivated for millennia, and today you can experience its creation and learn from local winemakers. During the grape harvest, in mid-to-late summer, many wineries and farms offer a harvesting experience that includes grape stomping and cellar tours. See the winemaking process first hand and discover how each grape variety is chosen and pairings are made, and learn how Alentejo’s precious cork is used to preserves each bottle of wine. The Alentejo Wine Route is the perfect starting point for an introduction to local wine regions and to plan your itinerary to discover the wines of Alentejo. Each stop will give your glass of Alentejo wine a more intense flavor, rich in history and tradition. Find wine tourism