Covering 1/3 of mainland Portugal, Alentejo is a large region, but with only half the vineyard area of the Douro.
Best known for red wines, this warm climate of rolling hills (and sometimes low mountains) can make very attractive and open, spicy reds, with a number of real gems, often with a big slug of Alicante Bouschet in the blend: which here in the Alentejo can be the source of something very special indeed.
In this diverse region, Quinta do Mouro is the story of Miguel Louro's belief in his 'jewel of a terroir' with classically moulded wines. Joao and Paulo Soares' family dream at Malhadinha Nova comes true with romantic and enticing wines. Alexandre Relvas' Herdade Sao Miguel combines authenticity and all-round appeal to re-enforce his family legacy. Susana Esteban believes in the high quality of almost-forgotten, small, old vineyards of Portalgre, and XXVI (26) Talhas are leading the way in reintroducing the ancient tradition of amphora-made wines.