WINE TOURISM AND PORTUGAL VINEYARDS
It can be said that Lisbon is the core of the table wine industry of Portugal. The 100 miles radius surrounding the capital city, encompasses four major wine regions with wines of diversity and distinction. To the north of the city, is the region "Lisboa" (named after the capital city), extending 90 miles (150km), along the oceanic coast, in the heart of the resort region Costa de Prata (aka, Silver coast Portugal, and West Coast Portugal) with historic estates and wine production dating back to pre-Roman occupation. To the south, is the region "Peninsula de Setubal" with excellent DOC wines and the world renown Moscatelo de Setubal. To the north-east, sits the region "Tejo" (formerly Ribatejo), occupying both sides of the Tejo river, with excellent whites, roses and sparkling wines grown on the fertile banks of the Tejo river. To the south-east, is the region "Alentejo" (meaning beyond Tejo), famed for its DOC and smooth moderate acid reds.
Wineries to visit in a day-trip from Lisbon are numerous. The following is a list of wineries on the Lisbon radar engaged in wine tourism with tasting experiences, generally by appointment:
TO THE NORTH: Region "Lisboa", - Quinta do Gradil, Adega Mae, Quinta do Sanguinhal, Quinta dos Loridos, (coming soon Horta Vineyards featuring small production handcrafted organic wines).
TO THE SOUTH: Region "Peninsula de Setubal", - Herdade da Composta, Jose Maria da Fonseca, Quinta da Bacalhoa, Serenada Enoturismo Winery.
TO THE NORTH-EAST: Region "Tejo", - Quinta da Alorna on the east bank of the Tejo river.
TO THE SOUTH-EAST: Region "Alentejo", - Joao Portugal Ramos, Adega da Cartuxa, Herdade do Esporao, Quinta do Carmo, Herdade da Malhadinha, Adega Mayor, Herdade dos Grous, Monte da Ravasqueira.
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