Domino 2012, Vitor Claro, Portalegre

An exciting style of Alentejo red – from field blends of old vines at 700m altitude, in the hills above Portalegre, the grapes are picked early for freshness (the wine is just 12.5% alcohol) and the whole bunches are allowed to ferment for two months, offering a long, smooth maceration. The wine is not aged…

Self-guided Alentejo Wine Tours

Don’t worry – we are not asking you to guide yourself around the vineyards and dark cellars of the Alentejo, but you might want to consider a more flexible and economic way of experiencing an Alentejo Wine Tour, by booking a self-guided tour. You tell us what kind of tour you’re looking for (a day…

Domino ‘Foxtrot’ 2014, Vitor Claro, Portalegre

We were lucky to be able to meet up with Lisbon chef @vitor.claro, and had a great evening tasting his excellent #Alentejo wines with dinner at #TombaLobos. #tastingnote for Foxtrot 2014: Structured black fruit with a savoury, almost cucumber and cress freshness. Truly a wine of the mountains – persistent and powerful with a lightness of…

Herdade do Rocim, Olho de Mocho Branco Reserva 2014

We’ve been reading a lot about Herdade do Rocim recently, and though we haven’t had a chance to visit this year, we stopped in at the great Art Deco Wine Bar in Beja (perhaps the only cafe bar in Portugal without a TV!) and it was good to see they had a range of Rocim…

Tiago Cabaço Vinhas Velhas Tinto 2013

We enjoyed this Tiago Cabaço Vinhas Velhas Tinto 2013 watching the sun go down at Praia da Ilha, on the #Alentejo coast (don’t tell anyone, but we drank it out of mugs!) The wine was very soft in texture with very fine tannins, with both bright and dusky red fruit notes – mulberry and plum skin….

Quinta da Saimeira, Marvão

Here, in the heart of the natural park you will find three separate houses full of luxury and comfort, and all with stunning views up to Marvão and across to Spain.  Casa das Pedras, houses up to six guests and has it’s own swimming pool, making it perfect for those seeking privacy.  Casa da Figueira…

Herdade dos Grous Branco 2013

Someone mentioned to us today they prefer the white wines in the south of the Alentejo, and the reds from the north. Enjoying this white from Herdade dos Grous, from near Beja, we can see what they mean! Rich yet fresh balance of butter and cream, flowers and citrus, reminded me of key lime pie!…

Herdade de Mouchão Vinho Licoroso 2009

A bottle of Herdade de Mouchão Vinho Licoroso 2009 accompanied by stunning views from Marvão, as the sun goes down. Made using the same method as Port, with the grapes trodden by foot in traditional stone lagars. 100% Alicante Bouschet, a red-fleshed ‘Teinturier’ variety, the wine is black as treacle, thick in the mouth, all its sweet…

Turimenha, São Salvador da Aramenha

Finding Turimenha was one of those great surprises we seem to be coming across regularly in this little corner of Portugal… We arrived at a guesthouse and asked if we could use a hose to wash our car, as we had a wine tour booked for the next day. Trying to explain in my bad…

Cabeças do Reguengo, Equinócio Branco 2013, Portalegre, Alentejo

Enjoying a bottle of Cabeças do Reguengo, Equinócio 2013 while watching the sun go down over Marvão… This is one of our star whites from the Alentejo, from 100 year old field blends at 600m altitude: soft, mouth-filling, a touch of melon but really all mineral, savoury, smoky flavour with a touch of fennel. A…

Quinta Serra de São Mamede

This rural turismo offers a little piece of luxury among the rocks and olives of the countryside next to Castelo de Vide.  The Quinta has been lovingly restored to the highest quality to ensure that every space is beautiful as well as comfortable.  Words and poetry dance around the buildings and ensure that you feel…