Tras-os-Montes Wine Region Guide

Experience the rugged beauty and bold flavors of Tras-os-Montes wines


Last updated: January 4, 2024


Although grossly overused to the point of dilution, the word’ timeless’ is entirely relevant to Tras-o-Montes. It is, without doubt, Portugal’s most isolated, obscure, and beautiful wine region. Protected by three mountain ranges, its vineyards have long been shielded from major historical events; when Napoleon’s armies invaded Portugal in 1807, the general ignored Tras-os-Montes, viewing its inhospitable terrain as too difficult to conquer. This is why international varieties have only recently been planted in the hills of Tras-os-Montes, where tradition counts for much more than modernity.

However, a downside to the rustic charm and unhurried pace of life defines this remote vineyard. In the late-1900s, investment poured into the Douro and Alentejo, while Tras-os-Montes was largely ignored. Some believed the potential for quality winemaking – the notoriously challenging climate – was limited; others argued that there was no international market for these esoteric wine styles. Yet a growing handful of forward-looking investors are proving them wrong: quality has soared in recent years due to improved viticultural and winemaking techniques. Armed with one of Portugal’s greatest white grapes, Vioshino, Tras-os-Montes is slowly but surely earning the respect it deserves.


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