History, Landscape and Good Wine: 8 Vineyards To Discover In Portugal
To taste a wine is basically to travel through the palates of the region that produces it. Discover 8 mandatory wine estates to discover the perfect harmony between history, landscape and wine.
Discover the noble wines of the Lisbon, Alentejo, Península de Setúbal and Vinhos Verdes regions, accompanied by historical and cultural landmarks.
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8 Vineyards To Discover In Portugal
Quinta da Bacalhôa (Azeitão, Península de Setúbal)
There are more than five centuries of Stories. Let yourself be dazzled by the unique Casa do Lago, dating from the 16th century, and for 90 minutes, feel like an “Albuquerque” of the Indies. At the Bacalhôa Winery / Museum, located in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, you can find a welcoming space where the art of producing a Bacalhôa wine and the collections of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and African Culture are crossed.
You will also be able to appreciate the huge room where the red and muscat wine barrels are kept, accompanied by the largest collection of Portuguese tiles of the 19th century. All of this, with the company of a Gregorian chant that serves to “calm the wine”, according to Guia Carlota, and our soul. In the end, the oenophile can have a wine tasting and enjoy the Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal…
It should be noted that Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal, was created in 1922, is a group of wine companies, of which Aliança is part. , Bacalhôa Buddha Eden and Quinta do Carmo.
Quinta da Boavista (Alenquer, Lisboa)
Quinta da Boavista, located in Aldeia Galega da Merceana, keeps alive the tradition of producing wine and maintaining the agricultural landscape associated with the vineyard.
This century-old company, Casa Santos Lima, is a true ambassador of this legacy, being the largest wine producer in the Lisbon region (40% of the total sales of Regional Wine from Lisbon and DOC from Alenquer).
You can take a guided tour of the extensive production area, through a buggy ride and a tasting of three wines – “Lisboa” – commented on in the store. Our suggestion fell on the fruity aromas of “Tinto Leão” 2014.
Quinta do Soalheiro (Melgaço, Vinhos Verdes)
Soalheiro, founded in 1982, was the first wine brand in the municipality of Melgaço of the most appreciated and reputed green wine variety: Alvarinho. The wine tasting room provides an excellent “soalheira” view of the Spanish region of Galicia and the natural course of the River Minho.
Take a tour of the organic vineyard and the different sections of the winery, such as the sparkling wine cellar, the oak barrels’ aging room, the aging of the brandy, among others. If you want to learn more about Alvarinho wine, you can visit the Alvarinho Green Wine Route.
Visitors can visit Solar do Alvarinho, in the historic center of Melgaço, and be welcomed to enjoy a free tasting of three wines by one of the local ambassadors: Senhor Sabino (Adega Regional Sabino).
Adega de Vila Santa (Estremoz, Alentejo)
There are landscapes that draw on a photograph. Come and spend a different day in Estremoz. Make an experience of wine tourism, discovering the contours of the traditional Alentejo architecture of Quinta de Vila Santa, through a guided tour through the vineyards, winery and cellars, where you can choose a didactic and dynamic program: “Be a winemaker for a day”.
This activity allows the oenophile apprentice to create his own wine, based on three red grape varieties (Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional), and to take him home for later tasting with family or friends. Then, you can choose a lunch of typical Alentejo cuisine, a cooking class, or a wine tasting accompanied by cheeses and other snacks from the Alentejo region.
Our preference was for a white wine, with a noble, fresh profile and with a great mineral age: the Marquês de Borba. Under the pretext of discovering the wine region of Alentejo, the winemaker-traveler may choose to “dive” in the historic center and in the walls of Castles of Estremoz.
Quinta da Aveleda (Penafiel, Vinhos Verdes)
During my trip through the Route of the Romanesque, in 2016, I chose to visit Quinta da Aveleda and, of course, taste the flavors and aromas of its iconic green wines. If you already know wine, why not visit the Quinta that gives it its name?
Since 1870, the Guedes da Aveleda (the same family members in the Sogrape group) have a long family tradition in wine production in the Vinho Verde region. An excellent suggestion for wine tourism in the vicinity of the city of Porto and to walk the Rota dos Vinhos Verdes.
The Aveleda brand has consolidated its presence in the wine regions of Vinho Verde, Douro and Bairrada. Do not forget to taste the cheeses and jams produced at Quinta da Aveleda. After all, a Quinta does not only produce wine. Lose yourself in its lush and iconic English-style garden that will delight any visitor. A Vintage Quinta with light, young and fresh wines. Ah, the freshness of Northern Portugal!
Adega da Cartuxa (Évora, Alentejo)
Combine the best of the historic-cultural and viticultural heritage of Éborense through a guided tour of the cellar with a tasting of five wines – Sto. Inácio de Loyola – from the entire Adega da Cartuxa range. In the Historic Center of Évora, next to the Roman Temple, you can get to know the Enoteca Cartuxa and have a “perfect wedding” between Alentejo regional cuisine and the wines from Adega Cartuxa.
Guided tours and lunches are made by appointment. Our suggestion goes for a dish of octopus à lagareiro with fried potatoes accompanied by an EA Reserva Red. For dessert, our recommendation goes to an Olive Oil Pudding.
Before leaving this monument city, a visit to Paço de São Miguel can be a beautiful farewell to one of the most beautiful and unique cities in Portugal.
Quinta do Gradil (Cadaval, Lisboa)
An hour from Lisbon, in the heart of the West of Portugal, we found an old rural farm that belonged to Marquês de Pombal (1760). It’s Quinta do Gradil. The baroque architecture and yellow color of this former noble residence stand out along the EN115 in the wine and rural landscape.
Wine production, according to documentary sources, dates back to 1854. Quinta do Gradil has 120 hectares of vineyards, making it one of the largest wine producers in the Lisbon region. With a cool and temperate climate, just 20 km from the Atlantic and less than 5 km from the bucolic Serra de Montejunto, it is a good to start discovering its White and Red Wines.
Its ambassadors are wines “Quinta do Gradil”, “Mula Velha” and “Castelo do Sulco”. Acquired from the Sampaio de Oliveira family, descendants of the Marqueses de Pombal, in 1999, the CEO of the “Parras Wines” Group, Luís Vieira, intended to give a new life to the monumentality of this secular farm.
After all, we are in one of the oldest agricultural properties and the main historical and cultural landmarks in the municipality of Cadaval.
With a strong centuries-old wine tradition, Quinta do Gradil is one of the ex-libris of the West region, only surpassed by the majestic and breathtaking beauty of the Serra de Montejunto. Behind a great producer, there is always great wine. And a Farm with History! Let’s drink to that!
Adega da Ervideira (Monsaraz, Alentejo)
The oenophile traveler will have to go to Herdade da Herdadinha (or Monte da Ribeira). It is in the first that the “heart” of Adega Ervideira is found, with a wine production area with 160 hectares divided by the municipalities of Vidigueira (110 ha) and Reguengos de Monsaraz (50 ha).
It was here that, in 1880, Conde D’Ervideira planted the first vineyards to produce one of the most satisfying and famous nectars of Bacchus in the Alentejo region. Even today, the Leal da Costa family is a direct descendant of this successful farmer of the XIX century. XIX and XX.
You can take a guided tour and a wine tasting through the essence of Adega Ervideira to understand the production process, from the grape harvest to the final expedition. You can choose to do the wine tasting, for example, in the “village-monument” of Monsaraz.