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Portugal - Wine Routes

Portugal - Wine Routes

December 2019 · 4 min read


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Arrábida & Azeitão

Indeed, it is known that at least at the time of the Roman Empire wine was already widely cultivated in Portugal. Its production passed many phases over time, but it is worth mentioning the date of 1756, when the Marquis of Pombal created the General Company of Agriculture of the Alto Douro Vineyards, with the function of delimiting the first demarcated region of the world, register the vineyards and classify the wines according to their quality.


Green Wine Route


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Starting from the north, we have the Green Wine Route from Minho to Douro. The green, which gives the name to the wine, is the predominant color in the region, punctuated, however, by historical cities such as Braga or Guimarães and other smaller but full of charm along the rivers that surround them. This is the case of Amarante, Viana do Castelo, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and others.


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It is a rural tourism area, with manors and manor houses whose vineyards are worth visiting to see how the trellised vine grows, the granaries and a surprising landscape that gives rise to light, young and fresh wines.


Alvarinho Green Wine Route


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Monção & Melgaço

The Monção and Melgaço sub-region, next to the Minho river, is part of the Vinho Verde route, but is home to the renowned Alvarinho variety, the most appreciated green wine variety. For this reason Alvarinho wine has its own route, with these cities as capital cities. At Solar do Alvarinho in Melgaço or Paço do Alvarinho in Monção you can taste the wine and taste or buy other products from the region.


Port Wine Route


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The Port Wine Route runs along slopes of great scenic beauty with the Douro River running in the background between mountains. Such beauty and uniqueness have earned the Alto Douro Wine Region the title of World Heritage. The route also covers the region of the Archaeological Park of Foz Coa, another core of World Heritage.


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It encompasses cities full of heritage and tradition, such as Vila Real and Lamego, but what most distinguishes the Douro Valley is the immensity of wine producing farms, many of them dedicated to wine tourism. It is therefore possible to stay overnight in these tourist units, have wine tasting and participate in the winery, with particular emphasis on the vintage. In the same route today excellent table wines are produced, the white, red and rosé wines of the Douro, in the same vineyards that produce Porto.


Bairrada Route


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In the center of Portugal, the Rota da Bairrada is located in a strip along the coast where are Aveiro or Figueira da Foz beach, but also covers the area of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage city.


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In this region there are some of the oldest and most reputed national spas, with spas and health programs. Bairrada's piglet, an ex-libris of national gastronomy, is particularly appreciated in the company of the region's fine wines, particularly sparkling wines of which Bairrada was one of the first producing regions in Portugal.


Setúbal Peninsula Wine Route


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It is another region of great beauty, already south of the Tagus, where the Serra da Arrábida with its Natural Park and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, known for its friendly dolphins, is profiled. The beautiful beaches of Sesimbra or Portinho da Arrábida, north of Sado, are opposed to the huge sands of the Tróia Peninsula, on the south side.


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If Setúbal is the main city with a historic center worth visiting on foot, Palmela and Vila Nogueira de Azeitão are the capitals of Rota, with wineries and farms to visit. In this region is born Moscatel de Setúbal wine, one of the most reputed in Portugal.

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Alentejo Wine Route


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The Alentejo Wine Route extends across the region's plains, marked by heat, except in the far north near the S. Mamede Mountain. Here is one of the most beautiful villages of Alentejo, Marvão, between walls, as another south, Monsaraz, is on the edge of the Alqueva. Borba, Redondo, Reguengos or Vidigueira are names of lands and wines with a long tradition.


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The region's capital, Évora, owes its World Heritage rating to the variety and beauty of its heritage, but the entire region is well worth a visit to enjoy a unique landscape made up of rolling fields, cork oaks and lakes that mirror the blue sky and soul of a region where the power of the earth conquers us.

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