This weekend (September 7-8), the doors of 18 cellars in the Tagus wine region will be open to visitors for the fourth consecutive year.
As part of the programme of the event Tagus Open Doors, local residents and tourists will have the opportunity of taking part in the wine estates’ harvests, as well as enjoying guided tours of the properties, wine tastings and wine pairing lunches.
The goal of the initiative, which is organised by the Wine Commission of the Tagus Region (CVR Tejo) is to bring together families, sommeliers and tourists and invite them to share their experiences and knowledge about wine.
The Tagus Open Doors event welcomed more than 2,000 visitors to last year’s edition, most of which took part in the wine region’s harvests.
“Tourism is a strategic sector for the national economy and, as an entity that certifies wines in the Tagus Region, we believe that our role is to make wine part of that strategy, mainly with the help of wine tourism initiatives,” said José Pinto Gaspar, the president of CVR Tejo.
This year, besides being able to get to know a little better the cultural heritage, monuments and traditions of the Ribatejo region, along with its wines and gastronomy, visitors will also be able to enjoy a 50% discount when buying wines directly from the wine producers shops.
The wine estates that will be part of the event are Alveirão, Casa Agrícola Paciência, Casa Cadaval, Casal Branco, Casal das Freiras, Casal do Conde, Companhia das Lezírias, Falua, Fiuza & Bright, Herdade dos Templários, Pinhal da Torre, Quinta da Alorna, Quinta da Atela, Quinta da Batula, Quinta da Lagoalva, Quinta da Ribeirinha, Quinta de Vale de Fornos and Quinta Vale do Armo.
The Wine Commission of the Tagus Region is in charge of promoting and certifying the wines from this particular region, which produced around 63 million litres of wine in 2012. Covering 19,000 hectares, the region has established itself as one of Portugal’s main wine regions since the Middle Ages.
With a moderate climate, with average temperatures ranging between 15.5ºC and 16.5ºC, the Tagus Region already exports about 50% of its wine production, mainly to Angola, Sweden, China, Brazil and USA.
Located in Ribatejo, the Tagus wine region comprises the municipalities of Almeirim, Cartaxo, Chamusca, Coruche, Santarém and Tomar.