Estremadura has developed into one of the major wine regions of Portugal and covers various regions around the capital Lisbon. Wine has been cultivated in Estremadura for many centuries – adding to the rich heritage.
Today this wine producing area is referred to as the Lisboa region and is Portugal’s largest producer of wine by volume. It has nine subregions which all have the country’s highest wine classification as Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC) – which means generally that this area is protected and recognised as a fabulous wine region. Some of the vines grow along the coast and take longer to ripen because of the Atlantic winds while others are nestled in sunnier inland spots and are protected by pretty undulating hills.
Although the Lisboa region produces many different styles and varieties of wine from the myriad of vineyards dotted all over its landscape, the more traditional white grape varieties are Arinto, Fernão Pires, Malvasia, Seara Nova and Vital. The red varieties include Aragonez, Castelão, Tinta Miúda, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira.