Condé Nast dubs Alentejo “wine-lover’s paradise”

Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has published an article online explaining “why you should visit Alentejo, Portugal’s most underrated wine region.

“Dreamy scenery and world-class vineyards make Alentejo a wine-lover’s paradise—and it’s all just a short drive from the Portuguese capital,” says food and wine writer Laura Giannatempo, explaining that while Porto and the Douro might get most of the attention, the Alentejo is “quietly becoming one of the best destinations in Europe for wine travel”.

“Its wines—rich, voluptuous reds and elegantly balanced whites —are getting better every year; and young winemakers have poured resources into sleek design and cutting-edge technology, turning many of the wineries into destinations unto themselves.”

Giannatempo continues by praising the region for “some of the most soulful food in Portugal, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and landscapes that have drawn comparisons to Provence and Tuscany”.

For all this, she says, “it’s easy to see why the region is worth a detour on the way to (or from) Lisbon”, even suggesting a three-day trip starting in the north of the Alentejo and heading south.

Giannatempo’s text can be found at

The Alentejo has been receiving praise from many international publications, most recently from travel publisher Lonely Planet which described it as “one of the world’s great unsung culinary destinations”.