The Estremadura district lies slightly inland on the
coastal strip from Leiria and runs southwards down towards Lisbon. It is
generally thought of as a source of cheap wine with a soft fruity flavour
that is easy to drink. Within the region are two IPR vine-growing areas.
Some regional wines are Arinto, Camarate, Campestre, Cerejeiras,
Gaeiras, Madrigal, Serra, Sôttal and Uva do Monte. Other wines
from this area are Aurius, Calhandriz, Carunchosa, Casa da Ribeira,
Casal Caves Velhas, Casal Figueira, Chocapalha, Figueira, Fonte das Moças,
Grande'Arte, JP Vinhos, Loridos, Mundus, Quinta do Avelar, Quinta do
Boição, Quinta da Cortezia, Quinta do Monte d'Oiro, Quinta das Murgas,
Quinta de Pancas, Quinta de Parrotes, Quinta da Romeira, Quinta da
Sapeira, and Tinta
This area is very close to the coast and covers the municipality of Caldas
da Rainha and includes part of the municipality of Porto de Mós. Located in
the town of Alcobaça is the National Museum of Wine and contains masses of
useful information for the visitor. The red wines from this region are light,
smooth and nicely palatable. The white wines are pale in colour with fresh,
fruity and aromatic flavours.
Encostas de Aire (IPR)
This area covers the municipalities of Batalha, Vila Nova de Ourém, Leiria
and Porto de Mós. The links with history are best represented by the
magnificent building at Batalha of the Monastery of "Santa Maria da
Victória" that represents the victory of Dom Afonso Henriques against
the invading Spanish. The red wine from this region is light with a
ruby-colour and the white is fresh, fruity and aromatic. Four labels to be
found are Encostas de Aire, Facia, Quinta da Serradinha and Rota
The town of this area is steeped in history and in the 14th Century was the
home of the Order of Knights Templar. The neighbouring town of Ferreira do
Zêzere shares the same links with history and also is part of this wine area.
The red wine is light in colour and body, with some acidity. The white wine
has a slight green tinge and a fruity crisp flavour. The labels from this
area are Casal das Freiras, Charola, Porão Velho, Quinta do Cavalinho,
Quinta de São João Batista, Quinta de Tomar and Solar dos Loendros.