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Wine Regions


The Lisbon viticulture region, formerly known as Estremadura, is a region with a historical imprint on the national viticulture.

Located northwest of the city of Lisbon and stretching out in an area of about 40 km, its vineyard area consists of the most emblematic and traditional Portuguese grape varieties as well as the most famous international ones.
The wine culture in this region dates back to ancient times, having Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Visigoth traces. The climate is temperate due to the Atlantic influence and does not exhibit wide temperature variations. The summers are cool and the winters are mild; however, the areas further from the sea are slightly colder. The vineyards along the coastline are strongly influenced by the Atlantic, whereas the vineyards planted inland, sheltered from the sea breeze by the mountain ranges, benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The terrain is not very elevated, except for the south, where there are some basalt and granite layers, making the nature of this region almost nearly all made up of calcareous clay and sandy clay formations. The Lisbon region has more Designations of Origin than any other region in Portugal. There are nine, and they are subdivided into three geographical groups. To the South, near Lisbon, are the Carcavelos, Colares and Bucelas designations. In the Center, are the Alenquer, Arruda, Lourinhã, Óbidos and Torres Vedras ones. Last of all, to the North, you will find the Encostas d'Aire designation.
The Carcavelos region is very famous for its sweet wines. In Colares, near Cascais, there are vineyards of the Ramisco grape variety, virtually planted on sand dunes. The Bucelas sub-region is well known for its white wine production, mainly made up of the Arinto grape variety. It is from the central part of the region that some of the most prestigious wines come from. These red wines are produced with the Castelão, Aragonez, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Miúda and Trincadeira grape varieties. The white wines are usually made with the Arinto, Fernão Pires, Seara-Nova and Vital grapes. In Encostas d'Aire, the largest PDO region, we find red grape varieties such as the Baga or Castelão and white varieties such as the Arinto, Malvasia and Fernão Pires.
Wine Tourism
Wine Tourism
In the Lisbon region, the Bucelas, Carcavelos and Colares wine Route allows visitors to become familiar with the personality of this wine growing region. The route offers a set of experiences such as visits to the wine estates, cellars and wineries, or partaking in wine tasting and gourmet events.
Along the route through these three regions, the ancient wine culture of Bucelas, the history of that wine which was once the most distinguished of the Portuguese fortified wines, the Carcavelos wine and the uniqueness of the palisades that protect the vineyards of Colares all stand out. In Bucelas a rural landscape emerges and the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, a place where the former Portuguese kings used to go hunting, is worth a visit. Traces of the monarchy are also visible in the imposing Queluz National Palace. In this region we also come across the Bucelas Wine and Vineyard Museum, and in Alenquer, the Wine Museum. The Carcavelos fortified wine is produced in a region known for its beaches and fishing villages, of which the village of Cascais stands out. In the Colares region, one can enjoy the idyllic scenery of the village of Sintra, where one can discover palaces, villas and lovely gardens. The local gastronomy is based on a vast historical and traditional heritage, featuring meat dishes such as the Negrais suckling pig, the Mercês pork, and the roasted goat and veal. The region's coastline is rich in fine fish, shellfish and molluscs. One can indulge themselves in a delicious sea bass or white sea bream, delight themselves with octopus or savour mussels and barnacles.
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