The grapes and the wines of the Alentejo

CORK&WINE is a winemaking experience that may include a guided tour of the vineyards with explanations of the grape and vineyard cycle and participation in the “From Grape to Wine” activity to accompany the entire wine-production process. During the winemaking season, visitors may actively take part in the grape harvest. There is also the possibility to enjoy a regional lunch in a top-of-the-range restaurant, and the trip ends with a visit to the cellar for a tasting session of premium wines.

You can also unwind on a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) trip, which brings you into close contact with nature and allows you to enjoy the silence and tranquillity of the Alentejo plains, relaxing the body and mind.

Location

Estremoz / Évora

Departure point

Lisbon or the Alentejo

Goal

To come into close contact with nature, learning about the origin of vineyards and winemaking

Timetable

8.30am-6.30pm – flexible allowing for changes

Percurso

Route with SUP:

Departure – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo
SUP activity at the Barragem dos Minutos reservoir
Lunch in a high-quality regional restaurant
Walking trip with a guided tour of a vineyard
“From Grape to Wine” activity, with possible participation in the grape harvest
Guided tour of the cellar with a tasting session of premium wines
Return – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo

Without SUP:

Departure – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo
Walking trip with a guided tour of a vineyard
“From Grape to Wine” activity, with possible participation in the grape harvest
Lunch in a high-quality regional restaurant
Car tour at the destination city
Guided tour of the cellar with a tasting session of premium wines
Return – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo

The Tour may include:

Door-to-door return transport, for up to 6 people

Vineyard trip

“From Grape to Wine” activity

Regional lunch in a high-quality restaurant

Car tour in the destination city

Visit to the cellar for wine and regional products tasting session.

The Stand-Up Paddle (1h30 minutes) option may be added to your experience, with a certified instructor and equipment included.

Prices per person

 includes2 to 3 people4 to 6 peopleTotal time of the tour
1/2 Dayvineyards / winery visit + wine tasting + SUP + transport€95€856h
1 Dayall included + SUP€195€16910h

The Alentejo wines

The Alentejo is one of the largest winemaking regions in Portugal. Its hot and dry climate in propitious to the process and has led to high investment in the winemaking sector, resulting in some of the best Portuguese wines and international recognition of Alentejo wines. The extremely sunny climate makes the Alentejo perfect for maturing grapes, while the very high summer temperatures make is crucial to water the vineyards.

The region is predominantly flat, although the Portalegre area near the Serra de São Mamede is hillier. The vineyards are planted on the steep hillsides of the mountain range or on the great plains and in the very heterogeneous soils of clay, granite, limestone and schist.

Most of the 22,000 hectares of Alentejo’s vineyards are in the eight sub-regions that come under the category of the Denominated Alentejo Origin wines: Reguengos, Borba, Redondo, Vidigueira, Évora, Granja-Amareleja, Portalegre and Moura. A wide range of grape varieties are planted in the Alentejo, some more relevant than others, either because of their quality or the area they cover. The most important white wine grape varieties in the region are Roupeiro, Antão Vaz and Arinto. In relation to the red wine grape varieties, the most important varieties are Trincadeira, Aragonez, Castelão and Alicante Bouschet (a French variety that adapted to the Alentejo climate).

The Alentejo wines are today considered a worldwide benchmark, and are increasingly recognised and award-winning. As well as the quality of the wines, the beauty of the vineyards alone makes them worthy of a visit by anyone who wants to have an authentic Alentejo experience.