Alentejo Wine


This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The climate is continental with blazing hot summers and cold winters. 
Alentejo is known for its reds wines that come in two distinct styles: Some producers favor the more traditional Portuguese style of using blends of indigenous grapes, picking fruit at pinpoint ripeness and creating wines with earthy, robust, complexity that can be quite ageworthy. Other wine-makers are taking a more “new world” modern approach, favoring more ripened fruit and jammy, intense wine. It’s the latter style that has brought the most recent attention to the region. 
The main red grapes grown in Alentejo are Aragonez (Tempranillo in Spain), Trincadeira, Moreto and Castelao, with some winemakers adding Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. A small amount of white is produced from Arinto, Perrum, Fernao Pires and Roupeiro. It is divided into the following subregions:
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  • Aragonêz

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • J.P. Vinhos Red Blend Alentejo Tinto d'Anfora 2001


    A blend of 4 indigenous varieties, including 60% Aragonez, 20% Trincadeira, 10% Alfrocheiro, and 10% Touriga Nacional, the 2001 Tinto da Anfora Grande Escolha is a fantastic introduction to Portuguese wines, and more precisely the wines of Alentejano. It was harvested in late September, fermented for a few weeks and then aged in new oak for 14 m... Read More

    Wine review by Dominique Noel

  • Duarte Leal da Costa Vinho Regional Alentejano Vinha d'Ervideira Tinto 2004


    Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet Light reddish purple in color with prune, plum, blueberry, raisin, cooked fruit, leather, light pepper, and some black liquorice …Firm tannins, with a med acidity. The palate is good fruit with a lightly dried fruit. Nice pepper notes, but lots of primary fermentation flavors of fresh ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Quinta Do Mouro Alentejo Reserva Casa Dos Zagalos 2003


    Light reddish purple. The nose is a barnyardy mineral aroma with hay, earth, and cherry fruit. Firm medium weight tannins with a medium overall acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, minerals, charcoal, and light vanilla. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Quinta Do Mouro Alentejo 2002


    Deep dark purple with hints of red. Just opened and very closed with chokecherry notes, basalmic, pepper, earth and smoke. Tannins are big and firm yet very fine. Medium acidity helps frame the flavors of blackpepper, anise, chokecherry, black cherry, and some wood. Big wine needing a few years to calm down. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Quinta Do Zambujeiro Vinho Regional Alentejano Monte Do Castanheiro 2004


    Light bright red color. The nose has spice, blackfruit, and pepper, Medium acidity with ligh to medium tannins. The palate is rich and fruit driven with pepper,raisen, plum and a nice minerality. Good table wine bargain. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Herdade Dos Grous Vinho Regional Alentejano Reserva 2004


    Deep purple rich and inpenetrable to light. The nose is very comples with floral notes, raspberry,, balckberry, and more. Rich in the mouth with firm tannins, and a medium acidity. Chocolate, minerals, wood, rich berrries, all make up the flavor profile, yet this would definatly be better with an hour or so of air. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Herdade Dos Grous Vinho Regional Alentejano 2004


    Deep reddish purple. The shows, violets, liquorice, light spice, mint rosemary all over a rich background of black fruits. In the mouth the firm tannins balance out hte medium weight acidity. Flavors fo chocolate, blackfruit, coffee, and rich raspberries. Very modern glyciren rich wine though very much in balance. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Alentejo Monte de Peceguina 2004


    Maroon and very dark overall. The nose is quite nice with Raspberry, blackberries, grape and earth notes. In the mouth it's a medium weight wine all around with fine tannins. Earthy int he mouth with fresh cherries, blackberries, anise and oak on the finish. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Alentejo Aragonês de Peceguina 2004


    Deep maroon in color the nose of this wine shows rich vanilla, sherry, smoke, bacon fat and an earthy minerality. Rich in the mouth with medium to high tannins and a medium weight acidity. Flavors fo cherry, vanilla, chocolate, light leather, all develop in the mouth with an overall soft mouthfeel. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Carmim Vinho Regional Alentejano Trincadeira 2004


    Deep blackish purple in color. The nose on this wine has plum, anise, blackberry, and a light background of leathery earth. Medium weight tannins on the palate with high acidity and an overall soft mouthfeel. Flavors of Liquorice, balck cherry, with spices and smoke showing on the finish. Needs a half hour to really show it's stuffing. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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