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Portugal’s Wine Country: Vintage Alentejo, where tradition meets the future

Portugal’s wines have arrived. But no wine region in Europe has blended climate, tradition and technology in the way the wineries of the Alentejo have. So, if you’re looking to explore a wine region, this is one that will please your eyes and palate.

The Alentejo has become Portugal’s new premier wine region. In recent decades, the region’s winemakers have ushered in many of the modern advancements, earning critical acclaim for some full-bodied, fruity reds and light, oaky whites.

On the border of Spain, this dry region is a rural escape. The rolling plains are covered with large wine fields, dotted with whitewashed homes and cork trees. The Alentejo climate of hot summers and cool winters helps create flavorful grapes that transfer into ripe and complex wines.

Both the wines and cuisine of the Alentejo have been influenced by Greek, Roman and Arab visitors. These cultures brought their traditional cuisines to the Alentejo and today many local dishes are based on Mediterranean ingredients. To complement these flavors, traditional Portuguese grape varieties flourish. Modern winemakers have introduced international varieties such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, into their local blends.

The Alentejo was not historically known for white wines, but new tech and grapes have helped bring some great whites to the market.

New demand for Alentejo wines has helped support larger vineyards. There are many affordable bottles from the Alentejo available that deliver big flavor.

Look for reds from the sub-regions of Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos, Granja/Amareleja, Moura and Évora. Top-quality whites are being produced in the Vidigueira sub-region of the Alentejo.

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