Rota dos Vinhos do Alentejo
Praça Joaquim António de Aguiar, nº 20-21
7001-901 Évora - Portugal
T.: (+351) 266 746 498 / 266 746 609
Comissão Vitivinícola Regional Alentejana
Horta das Figueiras
Rua Fernanda Seno n.º 12
7006-806 Évora - Portugal
T.: (+351) 266 748 870
The immensity of the plains gives the impression that the horizon is infinite. Alentejo offers a unique, green landscape in the cooler months and golden in the hot summer months. The region occupies more than a third of the mainland and is divided into eight sub-regions: Borba, Évora, Granja-Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Redondo, Reguengos and Vidigueira. In this immensity of flat lands where the vines come lined up in soft formats emerges the north the highest mountain range in the region, Serra de São Mamede, where the vines are grown on the slopes of rugged mountains. Further south, Redondo is protected by Serra da Ossa and Vidigueira by Serra de Portel.
The climate and the particular orographic characteristics of this region ensure unique wines and unquestionable quality. The wine is filled with strong aromatic exuberance and good aging capacity. The main white grape varieties produced in this region are Antão Vaz, Arinto, Fernão Pires and Roupeiro. In relation to the reds, the castes Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelão, Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira assume greater expression.
Among the immensity of the Alentejo plains, stand villages of whitewashed houses, castles and rivers. Two major rivers run through the area, Sado and Guadiana, and in the center we find the largest artificial lake in Europe, conditioned by the Alqueva Dam. Knowing this region does not dispense a visit to the historic center of Évora and Elvas, classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, or other cities with great historical and cultural interest such as Portalegre, Reguengos de Monsaraz or Borba. The discovery of this immense Alentejo is comforted by the rich cuisine. And there's always a good wine to accompany.