Bucelas Wine Region Guide

Savor the essence of Portugal's Arinto grape in Bucelas Wine Region


Last updated: November 27, 2023


At the mouth of the Tagus, where Portuguese explorers set sail for South America, there is a world of esoteric flavors to discover. Yet, until recently, this part of the Portuguese landscape was scarcely given a second thought. This is particularly ironic, as Bucelas was one of the favored suppliers of Victorian England in the 19th century – regions like Alentejo were given over to wheat and sheep farming. Nevertheless, this tiny DO shrank to obscurity in the 1900s while sommeliers and buyers were busy rediscovering the Douro and Vinho Verde.

However, as the international market for saline white wines has exploded over the past five years, interest in the ‘vineyards of Lisbon’ has also dramatically risen. After a period of stagnation, Bucelas is a hot topic in the wine bars of Portugal’s sophisticated capital – exports are also growing in Europe and Brazil. The region’s specialty is Arinto: it produces aromatic and racy wine reminiscent of a good Riesling. Moreover, even the best bottles can be drunk with pleasure when young, although top labels gain enormously in character by keeping. And, slowly but surely, these qualities are being discovered abroad. But, of course, there is immense competition to manage, not least from Bucelas’ neighbors. What will stand the region in good stead, however, is its talented winemakers and growing tourism. Seventeen million visitors set foot in Lisbon in 2022. That makes for a lot of wine ambassadors when they return home.


Avatar photo

James lawrence

More information

If you would like us to customize an exclusive luxury tour, contact us and let us know your travel plans. We offer luxury food and wine tours for private groups of a mininium two guests. In addition, all of our private, chauffeured tours are available year-round upon request.

Cellar Tours Private Luxury Food & Wine Tours

Cellar Tours

Welcome to Cellar Tours, the premier Luxury Travel Specialist since 2003. Our goal is to provide you with the ultimate food and wine vacation experience, with exclusive Mercedes chauffeured tours that showcase the best of local cuisine and wines.

Our team specializes in crafting bespoke, custom-designed vacations, events, and incentives tailored to your unique tastes and preferences. Travel is not just about seeing new places - it's about creating unforgettable memories and indulging in the finer things in life.

As members of Slow Food, OTAVA (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), we promote sustainable tourism and support local communities. We work closely with top-rated hotels, restaurants, and wineries to provide you with the highest level of service and attention to detail.

Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a corporate retreat, let Cellar Tours be your guide. With our passion for food and wine, extensive knowledge of local culture, and dedication to exceptional customer service, we're confident we can exceed your expectations.

Contact us today to start planning your dream vacation – we can't wait to hear from you!

Recommended by