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Vines as far as the eye can see!

If you are a frequent visitor to Portugal, you are likely to have tasted a wine that has been produced at Esporão. During a recent trip to Alentejo, we decided to visit the vineyards, and it was truly worth the visit. For those unfamiliar with it, Esporão boasts a rich history that dates back several centuries. The estate spans over 1,800 hectares, and includes vineyards, olive groves, and a medieval tower that stands as a testament to its historical significance.

The history of Esporão begins in the 13th century, during the early years of Portugal's formation as a nation. The estate was originally known as the Herdade do Esporão and was mentioned in documents as far back as 1267. Throughout the medieval period, the estate was an important agricultural hub, producing wine, olive oil, and other crops.

The centrepiece of the estate, the Torre do Esporão, was built in the 15th century by Álvaro Mendes de Vasconcelos. This iconic tower not only served as a defensive structure but also as a symbol of the estate's enduring legacy. It now features on the Esporão wine label itself, and you can simply drive up to the tower to see it, and the other historic buildings on the estate.

In the 1970´s, new owners acquired Herdade do Esporão and began a significant transformation, aiming to modernize the wine production process while preserving the traditional methods that had been passed down through generations. Their vision was to produce high-quality wines that would put Alentejo on the map as a prominent wine-producing region – and they have definitely succeeded!

If you do not want to do a formal tour, you can simply drive in and do a bit of exploration. We visited the bar, and enjoyed a cold glass of rosé while taking in the beautiful surroundings with vines as far as the eye can see. It really is a spectacular spot, and worth a trip if you find yourself in the area.

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