´One of Portugal's best kept secrets' - Gordon Ramsey on Colares Wines
Colares Wines are unique for various reasons:
- They are some of the oldest wines in Portugal, dating back to year 1255
- A large part of the vines grow deep in sand dunes – a detail that protected them from the 1865 phylloxera plague
- They get their special taste from the harsh coastal climate (westernmost vineyards of continental Europe)
- And most recently: the world famous chef Gordon Ramsay just featured the Colares Wines in the National Geographic program Uncharted, calling the wine ‘one of the best kept secrets of Portugal' (Watch the trailer here) !
Colares wines are some of the oldest wines in Portugal
The Colares wine region is the smallest demarcated wine region of Portugal (DOC Colares). The wine culture goes back to 1255 when king D Afonso lll ordered wine to be planted. Supposedly the Ramisco vines came from northern France, Boulogne region, where the king had previously lived.
A large part of the Colares vines are grown in the sand dunes
The uniqueness of the taste of these wines is due to the closeness of the sea
The climate is very harsh, with moderate temperatures, strong sea winds and a high percentage of air moisture.
There are several vineyards and cellars in Sintra that produce a vast variety of wines of excellent quality
- Cooperativa de Colares, the country’s oldest wine co-op
- Casal Santa Maria and Adega Viúva Gomes in Almoçageme
- Quinta San Michel in Janas
just to name a few of our favourites. All of them organize tours and wine tastings - enquire and set up yours through our office!
We will be happy to suggest hikes and bike rides that take you to the cellars and the vineyards!
For more information on walks that take you to these vineyards, read more on the WalkSintra page.