Daytrip from Lisbon to the Quinta do Sanguinhal, D.O.C. Obidos

the lineup

Before the EWBC ’09, I was speaking to a friend of mine, Miguel Leal of Casa Leal, importers of premium Portuguese wine to the UK, and he invited me to visit one of his favourite wineries in Portugal, the Quinta do Sanguinhal in the D.O.C. Obidos region. Situated about an hour north of Lisbon, Quinta do Sanguinhal was established in 1927  and also encompasses the Quinta de San Francisco and Quinta das Cerejeiras. The region has been producing wine since 1153 when King D. Alfonso Henriques donated large estates in the area to the Cistercian monks.

Carlos & some of his wines

I took a tour of the vinyards and had a winetasting of the estate’s wines with one of the owners, the genial Carlos Joao and his lovely niece, Ana - who also doubled as our vineyard tour guide.

Ana, my tour&tasting guide

Carlos and I had a very tasty lunch beforehand, drinking the Quinta de San Franciso 2006. A rustic wine made up of primarily touriga nacional, I enjoyed it immensely, nothing complicated but nice dark fruits and great tannins to complement the flavourful lunch. They primarily grow touriga nacional,  aragonez and syrah, among other international varietals as well as a variety of indigenous and international white varietals. After lunch, Carlos put me in Ana’s capable and knowledgeable hands for a tour of the vineyard. The day ended with a tasting in their lagar room where they crush the grapes by foot. The quinta is open to tours as well as tastings and I was joined by a group of Swedes on my tasting. They all loved the wines and I’d have to agree.

I took about a thousand pics that day, below are some of them. Mouse over them for pic info.

For more information on visiting Quinta do Sanguinhal, go to www.vinhos-sanguinhal.pt

4 Comments

  1. Wow! Seems great, a wonderfu place with lots of good food and wine tasting.

    how much for the tour?

    thanks!

    • Thanks, it was a great day out! I went as a guest of Casa Leal so I don’t know how much the tour and tasting costs but you can contact them directly for more information. Cheers!

  2. so THAT is what you were up to! Sounds excellent fun…

    • Yeah and that’s why I was so late for dinner! Too many great wines to try. Next time I’m taking my golf clubs, they have an excellent golf course nearby! I REALLY like Portugal :-)

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