Portugal | Alentejo

Vineyards in the Alentejo wine region of Portugal

Situated relatively far south, the Alentejo is a wine region of rolling plains and has a relatively smooth and flat landscape that stretches across almost a third of mainland Portugal. With a hot and dry Mediterranean climate the Alentejo is divided into eight sub-regions, Borba, Évora, Granja-Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Redondo, Reguengos and Vidigueira, grouped into three distinct groups. Portalegre is the most original sub-region, with predominantly granite soils, influenced by the freshness of the Serra de São Mamede. The landscape offers numerous plots of old vines, planted on the steep slopes of the mountain, benefiting from a unique microclimate that confers freshness and complexity. The white grape varieties planted in the Alentejo include Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro, Diagalves, Manteúdo, Perrum and Rabo de Ovelha. The red grape varieties grown include Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Castelão and Trincadeira, as well as Moreto, Tinta Caiada and Tinta Grossa.