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Alentejo

Alentejo is one of Portugal’s largest regions and produces wonderful wines, capable of exciting the most cold blooded of enophiles. The grapes, in most cases from recently planted vineyards, are grown in conditions of perfect humidity, a lot of heat in the summer and flat expanses of not too rich soil. The properties are usually large, which allows for several running hectares of vines that can be cultivated using the best techniques. The larger of the vineyards are irrigated with drop-by-drop systems. Main varieties include Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet for reds, and Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Arinto, Rabo de Ovelha and Sercial for whites.

Most of the Alentejo wines date back to the 1970’s. Of these the reds tend to be full bodied and velvety, heavy on the tannins, balanced, full of ripe red fruit. The whites from the area of Vidigueira are a prime example of modernity and adaptability to food and are made using the most modern technology, such as stainless steel and controlled temperatures during the fermentation process. The more state of the art cellars no longer use pumps but rely only on gravity to transfer the wine, therefore preventing the whites from oxidising and losing the fruity flavours and mineral properties.