The Alentejo is the largest part of Portugal, occupying about a third of the total area. Less than 5% of the Portuguese population live in the Alentejo. It begins south of the Tejo and extends to the Algarve. Only 5% of the area is covered with wine. Characteristic are the huge cereal fields and the cork forests. Cork has been grown here for centuries. Half of the world's cork production comes from Portugal. Also known are the black pigs that feed on acorns in the cork forests. In the area you can often enjoy the tender and tasty hams of the pigs.
So far, wines have been produced for the undemanding local market. Slowly, however, the wine potential of the region is being exploited. Here, too, the old grape varieties are cultivated, which produce wines full of character. Ripe, fruity red wines are produced in the sun-drenched wine-growing area. Through modern cooling technologies one finds mainly in the middle of Vidigueira, where it is very hot, white wines with balanced acidity. This is one reason why wine from the Alentejo is mainly found in Lisbon gastronomy. Due to the size of the area, the soil conditions are very different, granite, slate and limestone soils can be found.
Entry into the EU has enabled investors to renew the vineyards and cellars to better exploit the potential of the region. The best time to visit is in April or May, when everything is already green. However, you are still protected from the sultry summer heat.