Wine: Portugal's beguiling wine world

The Alentejo wine region is responsible for some exciting innovations and vibrant vintages, wrtites Tomas Clancy.

20th April, 2014
The Alentejo wine region is Portugal's largest and, with its exciting new wineries, is a must for budding vintners. Picture: Thinkstock

Portugal, like Greece and ourselves, was thrust into IMF/EU detention during the present financial crisis.

Like Ireland, Portugal enjoyed the EU's bounty in the past. Unlike Greece, it didn't throw money at its wine industry. Like Ireland, it spent quite a lot of it on improving the road system. New motorways, achingly beautiful arcs of concrete, pirouetting bridges that vault over deep gorges and mile after mile of silky smooth tarmac now criss-cross this...

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