Carcavelos Wine Region Guide

Discover the legacy of Carcavelos Wine Region: Rich history and exquisite flavors await


Last updated: December 9, 2023


After centuries of proud tradition, Carcavelos finds itself in limbo. In the 1900s, urban sprawl along the west coast of Lisbon reduced the vineyards of Carcavelos to a shadow of their former glory; the building of seafront condos equals grubbed-up vines! As a result, the appellation has become a ‘micro DOC,’ producing a tiny volume of fortified wine – sweet and dry – that resembles honeyed Madeira. And so Carcavelos has a very difficult status indeed. On the one hand, very few, if any, globe-trotting oenophiles have heard of the style; on the other, the region has seemingly been rescued from extinction by younger winemakers who wish to keep alive a cherished part of Lisbon’s viticultural history. The question is: can enthusiasm and passion realistically hold off the property developers? Only time, as they say, will tell.


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