Colares Wine Region Guide

Immerse Yourself in the Unique Terroir and Flavors of Colares Wine Region


Last updated: December 9, 2023


Colares was once a giant of the Portuguese viticulture. Justly renowned for its potent red wines, rigid with tannin, Colares was shipped to all corners of the world. Indeed, the vineyards of Lisboa were the engine of the nation’s export industry in the Middle Ages, enjoyed by wine lovers across northern Europe. Meanwhile, the Douro was merely a mosquito-infested wasteland. And Alentejo? Considered an unsuitable place to grow vines: too arid and isolated. For a time, Colares was Lisbon’s undisputed red wine celebrity, referred to as the ‘Bordeaux of Portugal.’

Sadly, fortune did not favor the bold. Like its neighbors, Carcavelos and Torres Vedras, Colares has been a victim of 20th-century urban sprawl as real estate developers gobble up huge swathes of land along the Atlantic coast. Today, Colares is a very small DOC on the sandy coast west of Lisbon – a shadow of its former self. Yet the rising demand for authentic wines and esoteric grapes has led to a small revival in fortune. An emerging generation of producers increasingly take great pride in these ancient, maritime-influenced wines. After a long hibernation, Colares is reawakening.


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