This journey was designed with a historical component by joining the heritage of a city as Évora (a UNESCO World Heritage site), visiting some of the most emblematic locations of the city, and passing through two of the most renowned and prestigious wineries that mark this emblematic wine region.
We will drive through the Alentejo exploring its origins, visiting one of the the most beautiful cities in Portugal and experiencing a reclaimed heritage of its roots.
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One hour into Évora, our first stop will be at the Almendres Cromlech, a megalithic monument of the Neolithic period and the most important of the Iberian Peninsula. We will then continue on towards Cartuxa, an icon in the wine history of Alentejo. This secular building surrounded by organic vineyards is a place to learn to discern between the aromas that make up the grape varieties. The tranquil but informative visit ends with a sampling of their world-famous wines and olive oils.
Évora, the capital of Alentejo, is one of the main gateways into the region. This ancient city of narrow streets and sun-washed houses was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its excellent preservation throughout history.
The cuisine from Alentejo is considered one Portugal’s best, with centuries-old farming practices that were organic long before it was trendy. The alentejanos truly enjoy eating and being hospitable.
In the afternoon we’ll visit one of the most noble and strategic points of the city of Évora and, for that reason, the subject of various occupations throughout its history.
At the end of the day, we will arrive at our final destination for the day. You will find a tranquil and privileged place to embrace nature. In the same family for more than 200 years, this remarkable hotel of understated luxury is surrounded by ancient holm oaks, olive groves, and vineyards. Here, the feeling of being at home is intimately connected with the sense of belonging to the vastness of the land. This high-end hotel features whitewashed interiors, original vaulted ceilings and a farm to table restaurant. On a clear night, you won’t want to miss the beautiful starry sky. Considered a “Starlight destination”, this area is characterized by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies, and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.
Our day will start calmly with a visit to the tiny village of São Pedro do Corval, one of Portugal’s major centers for hand-painted pottery. There’s a cluster of pottery workshops in the main street. You’ll be able to watch them work from start to finish. We will continue on to the village of Monsaraz conquered from the Moors in the 12th century and protected by its walls with shale streets and whitewashed walls. The entire fortified hilltop town of Monsaraz is a living museum of narrow stone streets lined with ancient white houses. We’ll go through its medieval streets discovering a backdrop of stunning views of the Alentejo and the Alqueva Dam (largest artificial lake in Europe).
Situated in the heart of Alentejo and integrated into the region DOC (meaning Controlled Denomination of Origin) area of Reguengos de Monsaraz, Herdade do Esporão’s modern and traditional knowledge combine with a profound respect for nature, reflected in experiences that extend to all Herdade do Esporão’s wine tourism activities. A family company that takes great pride in their non-conforming way of looking at the wine industry, and does this with excellence. The view over the vineyard is a relaxing frame for an afternoon of experiences that will end with a wine and olive oil sampling.
Mind and body refreshed, we will return to Lisbon.