The Setúbal Peninsula surprises the most distracted of visitors. It is a territory that allows a voyage to discovery using the five senses. Taste the best food, listen to pieces of stories that monuments tell, touch faience and muds, see the river, the mountains, the rural houses, palaces and smell the vines that give rise to election nectars. All this wealth is in the south of Lisbon, on the west coast. The Sado River crosses the region and flows into one of the most beautiful bays in the world, in the city of Setúbal. Serra da Arrábida, bathed by the sea, gives an unusual beauty of its beaches. Moving to the interior, the extensive vineyards characterize the landscape. Palmela comes raised on the horizon, with its imposing castle and where you can contemplate the intense surroundings.
The fortified wine Moscatel from Setúbal is the ex-libris of this region. But the fruity white wines, young rosés, full-bodied reds Castelão and sparkling and spirits wines are also of recognized quality. Palmela produces red wines of great complexity and depth and from them dominates the Castelão. The dominant white varieties are Arinto and Fernão Pires. The variety Moscatel de Alexandria predominates in the production of fortified wines and Alfrocheiro and Trincadeira are among the most cultivated varieties of reds in this region.
The wineries, vineyards and places are closely related to the wine, lasting in the roots of the people and in the memories of generations. The experiences are diverse, from visits to wineries with wine tasting, passing through wine paths, concerts in wineries, activities such as picking grapes, treading or enotourism cruises on the Sado River. Located in the heart of Palmela, the Mother House of the Wine Route is an old winery converted into an enotourism information point, reservation center and wines and regional products shop. There you can purchase and enjoy the best of this wine region, from the most famous wines to sweets, jam and the cheese from Azeitão.