Alentejo Wine Region Guide

Discover the Rich Flavors of Portugal's Alentejo Wine Region


Last updated: November 27, 2023


Often described as ‘the new Tuscany’ (minus the crowds), Alentejo is a paradise for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Its attractions are numerous: endless sunshine, superlative gastronomy, beautiful scenery, and a surfeit of luxury hotels. Yet, compared with the tapestry of vines that have covered northern Portugal for centuries, Alentejo is a relative newcomer to high-quality wine production. As a result, some collectors and connoisseurs refuse to take southern Portugal seriously; prejudice can be a stubborn force in the world of fine wine. But, as the awards pile up and local quality soars, even the most intransigent voices are reconsidering their position on Alentejo wines.

For decades, Alentejo was known as the “breadbasket of Portugal” – a sparsely populated, economically underdeveloped region. Its livelihood was based on producing various cereal crops and the cork for which Portugal is famous. Indeed, the region is still full of the thick-barked Quercus suber trees (Cork Oak) that seem to sprawl out all over the landscape. However, they have been joined over the past 25 years by global investors, modern cellars, rapidly expanding tourist facilities, and the latest winemaking equipment. Visitors who became familiar with Alentejo in the 1990s would scarcely recognize the region today. It deserves an encore.

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