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Herdade dos Grous — A Glass Full of Alentejo

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A winter day, with the rain giving a break. For me, this is the best time to do a wine tasting. In the summer everything happens, there are a thousand things to try, but it’s in these cold days that wine (mainly red) tastes better.

The date arrived, and the destination has long been chosen: the Herdade dos Grous. We were just waiting for the perfect moment to go to the heart of the Alentejo to see the property, visit the wine cellar and do a wine tasting.

 

Discovering Herdade dos Grous

The trip to Herdade dos Grous is full of beautiful Alentejo landscapes as soon as you leave the highway. Despite the dry summer, followed by a winter that until then little rain had brought, the plains have already filled with green and invite to the walk. A scenario that extended beyond the gates of the wine estate.

Surfer Girl On The Move

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The main gate of the Herdade dos Grous

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With Spring already peeking

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The large white house, with characteristic regional colors, welcomes new visitors. Surrounding it are endless vineyards from where the grapes that make one of my favorite Alentejo wines come out. The vines were by this time still undressed, but in the middle of harvest season, it must be beautiful scenery.

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The main house of the Herdade dos Grous that also offers lodging

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Serene places on the ground

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Another little corner where you want to just relax

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Surrounding landscape of the property

After touring the surrounding area, the visit to the cellar began at the dock where the vans full of grapes unload. Our tour guide explained that the varieties of grapes are then selected and separated into different compartments, so that they are treated differently, guaranteeing their quality.

It’s in those large stainless steel tanks, equipped with the most modern technology, that the fermentation takes place and where the liquid that will fill the barrels made of French and American wood is prepared.

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Work in progress

Who also doesn’t resist the grapes used in the manufacture are the birds. To prevent their presence, the sound of birds of prey is heard from time to time in the wine cellar. An anti-invasive measure that ends up giving a different stamp to the place.

 

A Different Alentejano

Placed in the new barrels, the wine is stored in the cellar to mature in conditions of humidity and ideal temperature, until the time it will pass to the zone of bottling and shipping. Through that basement, we wandered between rows of wine waiting patiently for their optimal time. Some will be there for a few months, others will stay longer.

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The wine cellar

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Our guide explaining the differences between the barrels

The visit to the Herdade dos Grous winery ends with a walk through the “wall of fame,” which includes all the prizes won by the house wines. Both nationally and internationally. And it’s a big wall!

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Herdade dos Grous Wall Of Fame

From there, we were taken to the wine bar of the estate and, as the weather was good, they set up a table outside to make the wine taste. Following the two wines we have chosen to taste — Herdade dos Grous White, and Herdade dos Grous 23 Barricas Red — we were served a tasty regional cheese and sausage plate. All accompanied by a presentation of the wines and a little more of the history and activity of that place.

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The main guests of this wine taste

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In this wine taste, I learned something different: the white accompanies the sausages because it cuts the fat of them and red highlights the cheeses. And I always thought it was the other way around!

 

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Who on that side has already done some wine tasting? Do you like it? Where did you go? Tell me your experiences and give me ideas for other trips like this.

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Marlene Marques

Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.

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22 COMMENTS

  • nsa

    Really nice article ! keep them coming

  • Danik

    Yup, sold, when I go to Portugal next, I want to head to this place. Our type of scene. Thanks for the tip off 😛

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      You’re very welcome, Danik! Glad you liked the article.

  • Samantha Sparrow

    I adore wine and I love things like distillery tours but I’ve never been to a vineyard or winery before. Herdade dos Grous looks like a great place to go (it’s truly beautiful) and those platters look delicious!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Hi, Samantha. This is a great experience, since you learn everything about wine production, from the grape to the bottle. Glad you enjoyed the article!

  • Medha Verma

    What a perfect day! I agree with you when you say, winter is a fantastic time to try (red) wine, with so much else to do during the summer. I love visiting vineyards and wineries myself and this one looks pretty amazing too. All those cheeses with the wine, yum!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Hi, Medha. Yes, the wine and cheese plate at the end is a wonderful end to the tour 😉 Cheers to you!

  • Louise

    I’ve only done a wine tasting day once and that was in Australia. I loved it that they told us so much detail about each wine and the pairings. How interesting that white wine cuts through the fat of the sausages? That platter of food looks so tasty!Next time I’m in Portugal I’d love to do this.

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Portugal is so rich in wine you’ll be amazed, Louise. I’m glad you liked the article and definitely would love to try out those wines in Australia. 🙂

  • Tamara Elliott

    I love wine tasting on vacation, it’s one of my favourite things! One of the best tours was through the Yarra Valley in Australia- great day!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Hi, Tamara. Would definitely love to try those Australian wines! 😉 Thanks for your comment.

  • sherianne

    I’ve heard so many good things about Portugal’s wine. Good to know there are great areas outside of Porto!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Hi, Sherianne. We have wine from all over the country. Even in Algarve! 🙂 I love the wine from the Douro region, but the wines from Alentejo are so distinctive and one of my favorites. You have to try it someday.

  • Dorene

    What a super tranquil place, the grounds are divine. I appreciate your walkthrough of the tour and of course the main event of charcuterie and wines! Book marked for my future visit to Portugal.

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for the comment, Dorene. I’m glad you liked the suggestion. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Ash

    I’m surprised to learn that it’s still wintertime when you had this experience. It seems proper summer by looking at your photos. Anyway, I love the wide-open expanse of the place with those trees and flowers. Nice view of the vineyard from the large white house.

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, Ash! I was super lucky with the weather that day. So glad you’ve enjoyed the article. Cheers to you!

  • Paige

    It’s so wonderful that you not only got to have a beautiful experience, but that you learned something as well. I never knew that white wine would cut the fat of sausage. That’s a great tip!

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      That’s what I enjoy most about these visits. You always manage to learn something new. So glad you liked the article, Paige. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Anne Slater-Brooks

    Oh this looks so mouth-watering. I love wine tasting but it is even better when you get to try it on site.

    • Marlene Marques
      AUTHOR

      Absolutely, Anne. Nothing like to taste wine in the place it is produced. 🙂

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