Alentejo - Gastronomy & Wines
Imagine blending your own wine using some of the finest varieties in the country and then enjoying your very own blend with some of the finest local cheeses.
Later in the week we have the chance to learn and be involved in the creation of our own meals using regional specialities under the tutelage of great chefs.In this region, the cuisine is a must. The reason is simple: delicious ingredients from Alentejo together with the wise hands of the people who have lived here for generations.
Alentejo is a wine producing region with a long tradition, and boasts wines that will surprise you for their excellence, aromas and colours as unique as the landscape and the cuisine. Besides the Alentejo Regional Wine, which is found all over the region, wine producers are spread across 8 areas bearing a designation of origin, which allows for a diversity of choice anywhere in Alentejo.
Our two centres, Estremoz and Évora are steeped in history, they are both walled towns through which characterful narrow streets meander leading us to fantastic monuments, so much so that Évora itself has been recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Our two centres are situated at the very heart of this unique region, gently rolling hills dotted with olive and cork trees separating the lush green expanses of vineyards.
Our stay will take us to iconic old villages, visiting the traditional arts and crafts of the region, enjoying the shady landscape inhabited and cared for since pre-historic times.
We begin our tour in Estremoz, a historical town dominated by its medieval 13th century castle within its ancient fortifications.
We then travel to the walled city of Évora, one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Évora is a city with a glorious past and a young and vibrant present helped by a large student population who attend one of the world’s oldest universities.
The people in Alentejo are very proud of their heritage and they preserve the ancient buildings and also the ancient practices. This is a region that has a very rich handicraft tradition – pottery, embroideries, hand-painted furniture, wrought-iron works, etc. The local gastronomy is varied, delicious and perfectly matches the famous local wines.
Come and enjoy this unique gastronomic experience with us.
Cooking with the Chefs
Monsaraz, an iconic village perched above the beautiful Alqueva lake and the rolling plains of the Alentejo
Visit a local vineyard which produces some of the most notable wines in the country.
Blend your own wine and taste it along with local delicacies
|Comfortable ensuite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.