Welcome to Portugal. Wine Tourism in Portugal will invite you to discover the amazing Alentejo.
The private transfer is waiting for you in Lisbon or Lisbon International Airport (LIS). Enjoy the scenic 1 and a half hour road trip to the Alentejo
Check-in at the Mar de Ar Aqueduto - Historic Design Hotel & Spa. Located very near the historic centre of Évora, this is your starting point for the best wine experiences in the Alentejo region. The hotel arises from the adaptation of the old Sepúlveda Palace, a sixteenth-century building that has preserved a magnificent chapel, the vaulted ceilings and a set of three windows in Manuelino style (architectural style named after King Manuel) in the main façade. This boutique hotel, built according to the modern concepts of architecture and contemporary design, offers a 220 m2 SPA, 64 rooms, and comprises the Degust'AR restaurant, where you can enjoy the Mediterranean flavours with the signature of the Chef António Nobre.
Then, on your own, discover the city of Évora- World Heritage Site by UNESCO.Évora well-preserved historic center is one of the richest monuments in Portugal, worth the epithet of City-Museum.There are several reasons of interest to visit, the Temple of Diana, the Lóios Church, the Chapel of Bones and the Cathedral are the essential sites.
At the end of the day, you will enjoy a delicious dinner in a unique place, Degust'Ar Restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the Sepúlveda Palace building, the Degust'AR restaurant has the gastronomic signature of the Chef António Nobre. The menu has as its starting point in the Alentejo cuisine, and the Chef develops his creative inspiration by exploring the Mediterranean flavours.The atmosphere is refined, comfortable and intimate. The vaulted ceilings, the horseshoe arches and some frescos on the walls, give the restaurant a unique and special character.
End of day.
The Private Driver is waiting for you at the Hotel lobby.
You will visit Monte da Ravasqueira. Connected to José de Mello's family for several generations, Monte da Ravasqueira is located in the municipality of Arraiolos, one hour away from Lisbon, and covers a vast area of thetypical Alentejo landscape. Monte da Ravasqueira enjoys excellent geological and climatic conditions for the production of the best wine that Alentejo can offer, taking advantage of its terroir. The cellar of Monte da Ravasqueira is inspired in Napa Valley, California, and is equipped with the most advanced technology for a qualified and rigorous control of the wine making process. All this process is controlled by a computer program developed in Ravasqueira. In addition to the wine production, there are other activities related to cork, olive oil, honey, cattle breeding and fattening of the Alentejo black pig. You will enjoy a visit and wine tasting.
Continue your journey through Alentejo. You will visit the typical village of Arraiolos, the village of the famous and traditional Portuguese tapestry.
Lunch is waiting for you at Alpendre Restaurant, a well-known Alentejo restaurant whereyou will find the finnest Alentejo dishes.
Next Stop will be at Adega da Cartuxa. At 2 km from the historic center of Évora, World Heritage city, and 200 meters of the Cartuxa Convent which inspired its name, the Wine Tourism Cartuxa is located in the former refectory of the Jesuit retirement home, they taught at the University of Évora in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. You will have a visit to the cellar and 3 wines tasting Eugénio de Almeida Foundation Selection, accompanied by sausage, cheese, jam region and others delicacies. The experience also includes olive oil tasting.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by Check-out.
The Private Driver is waiting for you at the Hotel Lobby.
You will visit Herdade do Esporão. The Herdade do Esporão presents itself as an Estate steeped in history, producer of outstanding quality wines and Olive oil.The Esporão vines are located in the heart of Reguengos de Monsaraz, where wines are more balanced and seductive, simultaneously thriving and pleasant, luxuriant and with a good ageing potential. If the vines are the lung of the Herdade do Esporão, the cellar is the heart that beats to the rhythm of the harvest and as the result of the work defined by the calendar and by the oenology team. Visit the Mill with a specialized technician and know the most innovative processes applied in the production of Esporão olive oil.Includes technical proof of the entire portfolio of Esporão olive oils.
Lunch is waiting for you at Herdade do Esporão Restaurant. The Herdade adopted an enthusiast kitchen's team that privileges the traditional gastronomy and the typical dishes of this region although not neglecting some contemporaneity, managing a cuisine that meets and exceeds the highest standards of quality and functionality. The wide terrace of the restaurant Herdade do Esporão ends where the vineyard begins, and allows to enjoy a panoramic view over a large lake.
After lunch, you will discover São Lourenço do Barrocal Cellar. In the same family for over 200 years São Lourenço Barrocal has its heart in a former Alentejo hill, surrounded by vineyards, oaks and olive trees with granitic outcrops that occasionally appear in the local landscape - the barrocais - gives the name for themselves and for their wines. The winery, located on the hill, is one of the crucial areas for regeneration, producing wines under exclusive brand.The meticulous work of the winemaker Susana Esteban with the varieties Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet results in a Reserva Tinto and others red wines, rich and mature wines, and elegant white, matching, too, foreign varieties. You will have a guided visit and wine tasting.
End of the Tour.