Very close to Lisbon, the tradition of vine cultivation resists to the expansion of urban areas. Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares are regions that are distinguished by their unique and historic wines. Further away from the Atlantic coast, the vineyards grown in Bucelas benefit from a specific microclimate and an exceptional terroir. For centuries its Arinto wine has been a reference. The regions of Colares and Carcavelos are closer to the sea. Colares, inclined coastal region on two hills of Serra de Sintra, produces famous red wines aged in wood. Carcavelos gives life to the ambivalent generous wine, as appreciated as an aperitif or as a digestive.
Known by Shakespeare as "Charneco", the Arinto wine from Bucelas became famous in the English court, by the hand of General Wellington, being known there as "Lisbon Hock." In these complex whites, with citrine color and fruity flavor and aroma, stand the acidity and minerality. Unique in the world, because of its vineyards on sandy ground with non-grafted plants, the famous Colares wine, of velvety and low alcohol flavor, is a real relic for those who enjoy it. It needs at least 18 months to hit the right spot to be consumed. Another gem is the generous from Carcavelos. A fortified wine with a pleasant sweetness and a remarkable flavor. Has its history closely linked to the country's history, to its exports and Marquês de Pombal, First Earl of Oeiras.
Stroll through the vineyards, enter the basements and cellars and taste the wines in the company of regional products, this is an excellent way to discover this wine region. Between the natural and built heritage we find many treasures. The romantic town of Sintra, a World Heritage Site, Cabo da Roca or the entire coastal area between Lisbon and Azenhas do Mar are compulsory passing points in a visit to this region and offering a reinvigorating tranquility that feeds the desire to continue to discover this territory.