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The Alentejo is one of the largest areas in southern Portugal and has asserted its place as an area of outstanding wine production, with big, mature, fruity and easy-drinking reds.
Having established its first appellations in 1989, Portugal’s entry to the EU brought the Alentejo the desired and necessary investment in vineyards and wineries. Modern technology – especially temperature-control – made it possible to produce smooth and fine white wines and rich red wines.
The centre of the region, embracing the towns of Évora, Borba, Estremoz and Reguengos, is hotter and therefore produces wines with good acidic balance. Further south, the high temperatures reached in the Beja area permit the production of excellent wines.
The soils may be granite and slate, but also limestone. The landscape alternates between vast stretches of oaks and olive trees, to fields of lavender, golden wheat, maize, sunflowers, vines and pasture.
DOC Alentejo wines can only be produced within certain enclaves of the larger geographic denomination of Vinho Regional do Alentejo. In order to regulate the growth of vines and wine making in varying microclimates and soils, DOC Alentejo is divided into eight sub-regions: Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Vidigueira, Reguengos, Moura, Évora and Granja / Amareleja. All DOC wines are labelled DOC Alentejo and may also bear the name of the sub-region.