Alentejo is the greatest wine region in Portugal and with the most popular wines
What you should know about Alentejo:
This region represents a third of Portugal
DOP Alentejo has eight sub-regions
Portalegre is near North East of São Mamede mountains, with granit soils, high rainfall and cold temperatures especially at night time. It has many old vines, with great complexity and freshness.
Borba, Évora, Redondo and Reguengos are the more typical of the Alentejo, and produce smooth, balanced, very easy-drinking reds. The subregions Granja-Amareleja, Moura and Vidigueira have very rough conditions for producing wine due the type of climate and soil. Nevertheless there is a new generation of producers working hard to show the potential of the south of Alentejo.
- Antão Vaz is the most important grape of the region with good acidity and tropical flavours
- Arinto and Roupeiro also have great acidity
- Diagalves, Manteúdo, Perrum, Rabo de Ovelha make great the blends
- Aragonez, is the most cultivated red grape
- Alicante Bouschet, a French grape, is often the main grape of red blends
- Alfrocheiro, Castelão and Trincadeira also have great value
- Moreto, Tinta Caiada and Tinta Grossa are used to produce blends
New generation of Alentejo reds comprise imported grapes as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, to make Vinho Regional.