Portalegre, Alentejo: old vines, old wines
I’ve been excited about Portalegre since my first visit in 2009. For me, it’s not just about this elevated region’s cool climate (pictured, the region’s highest vineyard at 760m), it’s also about its aged vines – field blend (varietally mixed) vineyards. Factors which markedly differentiate Alentejo’s northernmost region from pretty much the rest of Alentejo.
I’m travelling all week so, for now, here are some more pics to share with you to lift this unique Alentejo sub-region off the page – its altitude, greeness and aged vines.
Plus, with many thanks to João Afonso (Cabeças do Reguengo) and Rui Reguinga (Terrenus), it’s been a real thrill and privilege not only to catch up with Portalegre’s cutting edge wines, but also mature classics from the co-operative (where Reguinga cut his teeth, under João Portugal Ramos, no less) and Tapada do Chaves. My picks of the bunch pictured with notes to follow on classic and cutting edge Portalegre wines.