The Alentejo region in Portugal is well worth a visit. Lots of light, unrelenting sun, endless undulating plains, cork trees, olive oil, lamb stews, big modern wineries and wines fermeted in old clay-pots; and very nice and hospitable people.
In ancient history, its vines were cultivated by Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. In the 21st century, they are planted on vast farms and wine-producing estates and their excellent wines have put the name Alentejo among the best in Portugal.
Its culinary tradition is regarded as one of the most tasty and original of the country. A world of different flavors... something that may require time to understand and appreciate – just like the region itself...
These pictures were taken by Arnaldo and I during our journey through the vineyards and cellars of France, Spain and Portugal during the summer of 2009.
I hope you enjoy them.
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