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The Colares wine region located around Sintra is one of the worlds oldest producing areas if not one of the strangest. It is the second oldest demarcated wine regions in Portugal after the Douro. However, the art of making wine though was first introduced here by the Romans when they occupied the region. The vines are planted in the sand dunes which follow the coast, trained low to avoid the Atlantic winds. This challenging terrain proved too harsh for the phylloxera louse which devastated nearly all of Europe's vines in the 19th century, but not here in Colares. The shortage of competitors led to a boom in the popularity of Colares wines. However, the processes involved in planting and training vines in such an alien environment for grapes is arduous and production has fallen sharply in the last 50 years from 2,500 acres of vineyards in the 1940s to just 50 acres today.
What is produced nevertheless is of excellent quality and quite distinctive. The acidic and tannic nature of the reds mean they're aged for years before being released on the market. Today there is a consorted effort to revitalise the industry. New vines are being planted in areas that are also in much sort after demand from tourism.
Retaining some of the oldest private wine cellars in the Colares denominated region in the village of Azenhas do Mar António, Bernardino da Silva Chitas set up the Beira Mar in around 1900AD. The company continues age-old traditions of producing Colares wines and today they are the only Colares producer who is exporting internationally. Visits should be pre-booked in advance, there are guided tours available and an on-site shop.
Weekdays: 08h00 - 12h00/14h00 - 18h00, Closes at 17h00 on Fridays. Weekends: CLOSED
António Bernardino Paulo da Silva, 70 - 74 Av. Luís Augusto Colares, Azenhas do Mar, 2705-106, Colares, Sintra, Portugal.
38º 50" 06.3' N | 09º 27" 57.9' W | +351 219 292 036 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Colares Regional Wine Cellars is a cooperative founded in 1931 which currently produces over 50% of the region's wines and are supplied by 90% of the area's producers. This cooperative has played a massive important social role in the regions agricultural sector for over 75 years. It produces wines from the Colares Protected Designation of Origin, regional Lisboa wines and non-classified table wines. The original building is still in use and it looks impressive both from the outside and inside due to its sheer size. The main building houses a vast number of huge vats where the cellar's wines are aged. Visits and guided tours are available by pre-booking using the following contact details. The Adega Regional de Colares winery is within easy reach of Sintra, the bus numbers #439 and #441 stop right outside, as does Sintra's old tram.
Weekdays: 09h00 - 13h00/14h00 - 18h00, Saturday: 09h00 - 13h00, Sundays: CLOSED
Adega Regional de Colares, 32 Av. Coronel Linhares de Lima, Colares, 2705-351, Sintra, Portugal.
38º 48" 21.2' N | 09º 26" 59.2' W | +351 219 291 210 | email@example.com | Website
Located in the village of Almoçageme Viúva Gomes is one of the oldest cellars producing Colares wine. Viúva Gomes & Filhos became famous in 1915 when it won first prize at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition and was the main supplier of wine for the troops serving on the Western Front during World War One. In 1989 the company was bought by Jacinto Lopes Baeta & Filhos who implemented a new marketing strategy for the wine. There's a shop on-site and prior booking is required for visits at designated Open Days.
Wednesdays: 11h00 or 15h00, First Saturday of Each Month: 16h00
2 -3 Largo Comendador Gomes da Silva, Almoçageme, 2705-041, Colares, Sintra, Portugal.
38º 47" 44.3' N | 09º 28" 13.4' W | +351 219 290 903 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Inspired by the global success of Colares wine the Viscount of Salreu built a huge cellar of his own in 1921 in the village of Banzão. The remarkable building was designed by Norte Junior who drew inspiration from regional styles and the façade can be seen from the road that links Colares to Praia da Maçãs. It consists of two parallel blocks which form a pair of structures. The winery is currently owned by the Chitas family. Call them for details about booking a visit and wine tasting.
Weekdays: 08h00 - 12h00/14h00 - 18h00, Closes at 17h00 on Fridays
5 - 17 Av. do Atlântico, Banzão, 2705-137 Colares, Sintra, Portugal.
38º 48" 23.1' N | 09º 27" 03.3' W | +351 219 292 036
This winery dates back to the beginning of the 18th century, the main house was built in 1720 and is a survivor of the 1755 earthquake due to the granite bedrock. The vines have recently been replanted after a 100-year break in production. Casal Santa Maria prides itself as being mainland Europes most westerly vineyard. The wine produced here varies from being of regional varieties to more international and a break from tradition. The quality of the wine produced is mainly accounted for by the rich soil, sea breezes and temperate climate leading to wines being very aromatic, fresh, mineral, elegant and balanced, with a singular, strong salty touch. Some of these wine are complex and show great potential for ageing. Tours are welcomed by appointment and come with sea views as standard.
Monday - Friday: Classic tour, Every Day: Premium Tour
18 -20 Rua Principal Casas Novas, 2705 - 177, Colares, Portugal
38º 47" 37.1' N | 09º 27" 44.3' W | +351 219 292 117 | email@example.com | Website