Alentejo wines: discover these Portuguese classics!
Portugal is known as one of the main wine producers in the world. Despite being a small country in extension, it has extremely important regions when it comes to the production of classic types of this drink.
Alentejo wines are some of these examples of quality that Portugal can print on its wine bottles. How about getting to know a little more about these Portuguese classics?
Alentejo: important wine producing region
The Alentejo is an important region of the Portuguese territory. Extensive, occupying almost a third of the whole of Portugal, the region has characteristics that vary between mountains and plains, being able to guarantee different ecosystems and terroirs in their amplitude. The climate, in turn, is traditionally dry in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter days.
The Alentejo region is known in Portugal for having its economic activities focused on agriculture. For this reason, in addition to wine, its local population produces wheat, rye, cattle, swine and sheep.
Its climate, traditionally, is not conducive to the production of wines and that is why specific techniques have been developed to guarantee the culture of wines in the region. Exactly for this reason these drinks are considered a real discovery in Portuguese territory. Currently, Alentejo is responsible for most of the wines produced in Portugal.
DOC regions for Alentejo wines
Alentejo wines have a Controlled Denomination of Origin for some of its main sub-regions. Are they:
The DOC concept is attributed to wines that are produced with strict quality control in certain regions, carrying with them the main organoleptic characteristics of that medium. For wines that do not meet these production requirements, but are developed in the DOC region, the term used is “regional wines”.
Characteristics of an Alentejo wine
Alentejo wine is known for three main characteristics: they are red wines (mostly) with a good body, dark color and ready to drink at a young age.
When you taste a good Alentejo wine, you can also notice other important characteristics, such as fruit flavors, velvety texture and a typical elegance of wines from this region.
It is worth remembering that it is also possible to find good white wines produced in this part of Portugal, although less traditional when it comes to the Alentejo drink.
Grapes traditionally used in their production
Due to the characteristics of the soil of the Alentejo region, this part of Portugal has specific varieties that develop easily there. The most traditional ones used to produce the renowned Alentejo wines are Trincadeira, Aragonês, Castelão and Alfrocheiro.
Although not so traditional in the production of white wines, Arinto and Antão Vaz grapes are also grown there, which can develop good examples of this type of drink.
Choosing your Alentejo wine
To make the right choice of an Alentejo wine, we have separated some tips that will help you find the perfect label to taste:
• Opt for wines produced with classic grapes from the region, such as Trincadeira, Castelão, Aragonês, Alichante Bouschet and Alfrocheiro;
• Red wines are the great success of this part of Portugal (but it is possible to find good white wines produced there);
• Look for vintages that produce good wines. For this reason, it is worth researching which harvests were the ones that resulted in good specimens in the Alentejo;
• Opt, whenever possible, for wines identified as DOC, to ensure that you are enjoying the best that this region has to offer. OK
Alentejo wines are a true symbol of what Portugal has been doing best when it comes to wine culture. Have you ever tasted this type of wine? Tell us!