Experience a balance of gentle scenery and fine wines paired with gourmet cuisine

Alentejo is a supremely romantic wine region in southern Portugal (just north of the Algarve) where you will find soft rolling hills covered in vineyards, cork forests, whitewashed villages and Moorish castles. The Alentejo is wonderfully unspoiled and the medieval hamlets perched on hilltops crowned by Arab castles resembling their original beauty of hundreds of years ago. Some of Portugal’s most famous wines are made in the Alentejo like Cortes de Cima, Herdade dos Coelheiros, Rothschild’s Quinta do Carmo, Mouchão and the pioneering Esporão. There are also a host of fantastic, newly launched wine estates, some of which are included on this wine tour such as Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, Quinta do Zambujeiro, Herdade dos Grous, and Monte Seis Reis.

This fabulous wine connoisseurs tour in the Alentejo has been designed for wine lovers also seeking luxury. You can look forward to superb wines, ultra charming hotels, and some great meals. From Lisbon you will travel east towards the beautiful Unesco world heritage town of Évora, which will be your base for the tour. You will visit wineries studded around medieval Estremoz, a captivating hamlet with a castle and darling wine and pottery shops, completely trapped in time. Over the next few days, you will enjoy VIP winery visits, vineyard walks and special tastings with the winemakers and owners themselves. Taste a range of Portuguese and international grape varietals like Aragonez (the local name for Spain’s Tempranillo grape), Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Castelão, Tina Caiada, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Arinto, Antão Vaz and Roupeiro.

Visit charming little villages like Monsaraz; tour Évora with a private art guide and take in its quaint little old town including the Roman temple of Diana and the spooky chapel of the bones; dine on traditional recipes dating back to medieval times in a 15th century monastery; drive through peaceful landscapes reminiscent of the African Savannah, and stay at two of the loveliest luxury hotels in Portugal (one a converted convent, the other a decked out mansion). Upon returning to Lisbon for your last night you will have your farewell dinner at the mythical Tavares Rico restaurant- the finest restaurant in town in a gorgeous dining room dating back to the late 1700’s. If you are looking for an original destination off the beaten path, contact us for more information on this extraordinary wine tour of the Alentejo.

Alentejo Wine Tour Highlights:

  • VIP Wine Tasting Tours in Alentejo
  • Private guided walking tour of Évora
  • Luxurious & Historic Hotels
  • Private Driver & Mercedes

Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Alentejo Wine Tour

  1. Lisbon- Estremoz- Igrejinha- Évora

    Lisbon to Estremoz, Alentejo

    Historic hilltop town, Estremoz
    Historic hilltop town, Estremoz
    • 5* Luxury spa hotel, Évora
    • Lunch with wines, gourmet welcome dinner with wines
    • Privately Chauffeured Mercedes

    This morning your private driver guide will pick you up at either Lisbon airport or your hotel in Lisbon, and you will travel to the Alentejo wine country! Your first stop today is at the Monte Seis Reis wine estate outside of historic Estremoz. You will enjoy a VIP tour and learn about the history behind the winery’s name “Six Kings (a story about five kings and one queen), and follow with a tasting of the best wines including the Monte Seis Reis Reserva. Head into the little hamlet of Estremoz next where lunch is waiting for you at a charming local restaurant decorated with clay wine amphoras and bistro style checkered tablecloths.

    Try the creamy, local Serpa cheese and cured wild boar ham (Presunto de Javali) followed by an Alentejo classic like “Lombo de porco com amêihoas” (delicious sautéed pork served with fresh cilantro, clams and piri-piri sauce). After lunch, you will have some free time to explore Estremoz on your own. Have a coffee or digestif at the stunning Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel, a majestic castle that Portuguese King Diniz built for his wife Queen Saint Isabel in the 13th century. Isabel was given sainthood for dedicating her life to the poor, despite being forbidden by her husband. She founded orphanages and convents and is one of Portugal’s most cherished queens. Stroll through her wonderful palace, now transformed into a Pousada hotel.

    In the afternoon, you will move on to the tiny village of Igrejinha to visit the wild Herdade dos Coelheiros estate, run by the effervescently charming Teresa Leal. This extensive estate not only produces wines, but also farms walnuts and cork trees. Tour the property by 4X4, taking in the beautiful landscapes and finish with a tasting of their superb barrel fermented white wine (an elegant chardonnay, one of the best whites we have tasted in Portugal) and the powerful Tapada de Coelheiros Tinto Garrafeira (made with Cabernet Sauvignon & Aragonez and aged in new French oak for 12 months). Carry on to your luxurious hotel. Check in and relax, go for a walk in the beautiful grounds or have a spa treatment. Tonight you have a welcome dinner at the hotel’s gourmet Divinus restaurant, situated in the ancient wine cellar. Taste refined dishes paired with elegant wines. Welcome to the Alentejo!

  2. Évora- Reguengos do Monsaraz- Monsaraz- Évora

    Wine Tasting and Évora

    Esporao winery, Alentejo
    Esporão winery, Alentejo
    • 5* Luxury spa hotel, Évora
    • Full breakfast, Tasting menu lunch with wines
    • Privately Chauffeured Mercedes

    A leisurely start this morning, sleep in, have a swim, play tennis or enjoy a spa treatment. In the late morning your driver will collect you and you will drive south east for about half an hour before arriving to Reguengos de Monsaraz at the splendid Esporão estate. This is one of the leading wineries in Portugal, making excellent wines, olive oils, and cheeses. Australian David Baverstock is their famous flying winemaker who makes many single varietal wines with native Portuguese grapes (a technique proven so successful in new world wines). You will have a private guided wine tour followed by a tasting of both wines and olive oils. Sit down to lunch next in their bright and airy restaurant, relax and enjoy the tasting menu planned for you.

    Start with the Esporão Patês (olive and tuna) paired with their zippy white Vinha da Defesa. Next up is baked stone bass in a grape sauce and a vegetable crepe with apple vichyssoise paired with the Esporão Reserva white. Continue with red wine marinated wild boar and chestnuts served with their Trincadeira single varietal wine, followed by the famous Esporão Roast (slow cooked beef, seasoned with mint and red wine) with Arabian Rice (with raisins) served with the Esporão Reserva red. You will be amazed how you find room for the “Sericaia” dessert (Regional cake made of cinnamon, lemon and eggs) accompanied by a fortified (“Licoroso”) red wine.

    Visit the marvelous little whitewashed fortified village of Monsaraz where you can enjoy some free time to go for a digestive walk, exploring the hamlet on your own. In the late afternoon, carry on to Évora where your private art guide will be waiting to take you on a guided walking tour of the main sights. You will visit the Templo Romano (2nd century Roman temple), the Igreja de São Francisco and the Capela dos Ossos (beautiful 16th century church with a macabre bone chapel) and stroll through the Jardim Público (the gardens that follow the church’s fortifications).

    After the walking tour, you can spend some free time on your own in Évora, visiting wine shops, having a coffee. At your leisure your driver will take you back to your wonderful hotel and the rest of the evening is yours. You can dine at the hotel’s upscale eatery or head into Évora by taxi for something more casual yet utterly charming, like Fialho. This restaurant serves authentic Alentejo dishes such as duck rice, cod with shrimp and grilled pork. Look out for wines from top estates like Quinta do Carmo and Quinta do Mouro.

  3. Évora- Albernoa- Lisbon

    Alentejo Wine Touring & back to Lisbon

    Herdade dos Grous estate, Alentejo
    Herdade dos Grous estate, Alentejo
    • 5* Luxury spa hotel, Lisbon
    • Full breakfast, Lunch with wines, gourmet farewell dinner with wines
    • Privately Chauffeured Mercedes

    Today is your last wine tasting tour of the Alentejo and you will head south towards Beja stopping first in the Herdade dos Grous estate. This German owned winery (who also own the luxury Vila Vita hotel in the Algarve) is one of the Alentejo’s up and coming stars. Their wine consultant is none other than the mythical Luis Duarte and the wines being produced here have turned heads in the international wine press. You will tour their lovely estate, also home to a scenic reservoir and olive groves, followed by a winery tour and tasting of their full range of wines. Taste their flagship white, made with a blend of Arinto, Roupeiro and Antão Vaz, absolutely sublime. Finish with a taste of the Herdade dos Grous 23 Barricas, their top of the line vinho made with Touriga Nacional and Syrah.

    Lunch is next at the Herdade da Malhadinha winery’s excellent restaurant, run by the talented chef Vitor Claro. Upon arrival to this nearby winery, you will sit down in their classy restaurant and enjoy a tasting menu paired with estate wines. After lunch, explore the property and cellar on a private tour and take a gift bottle away with you. Lisbon is next and is a longish drive, so sit back and relax, enjoying the peaceful countryside. You will arrive at Lisbon’s gorgeous Lapa Palace hotel, check in and freshen up. You could have a swim, go for one of their exquisite spa treatments or sip on a port in their Orient Express-esque vintage bar. Tonight, as a special farewell treat, you will dine at Tavares Rico, Lisbon’s most exclusive and beautiful restaurant. Receive a special chef’s welcome, and dine on elegant Portuguese-French fare, paired with top wines.

  4. Évora- Lisbon

    Depart from Lisbon

    Cheers, and how to see you soon!
    Cheers, and hope to see you again soon!
    • None
    • Full breakfast
    • Privately Chauffeured Mercedes

    This morning at your preferred time your driver will take you to Lisbon’s airport for your outbound flight. This concludes your marvelous wine tasting adventure in Portugal’s romantic Alentejo region, we hope you had a great time!

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