This large coastal region, to the North and West of Lisbon, is home to ancient sub regions such as Bucelas and Colares, but also some outlying extraordinary patches of old vineyard too. There is a heavy Atlantic influence, which combined with the portuguese sun and a plethera of indiginous varieties, allows the production of a great ranges of wine styles.
On the northern fringe of Lisboa, Marta Soares' Casal Figueira crafts the very finest examples of ancient-vine Vital. Ramilo are producing vibrant wines in the Lizandro Valley using old vine Castelao and Vital, plus the new wave of Colares wines. At the estate of the Marquis de Pombal, just outside Lisbon, the almost-forgotten fortified wines of Carcavelhos are being revived by Villa Oeiras. Adega Belem are experimenting with grapes from the University of Lisbon in their re-invented urban winery.