Tejo wine region is in the middle of Portugal, 30 minutes distance from Lisbon. You will find besides the vineyards rich heritage, from Roman ruins to Gothic Castles or even Manueline monasteries.
For locals, this wine region is known for many other motives besides wines. It is associated with the Lusitanian horses breath, olives groves and cork forests also. Production of rice and tomatoes has also a huge importance.
Tejo is one of the oldest wine producing regions, previously known as Ribatejo till 2009. Wine production comes from Roman times, due to several architectural relics in the region. The Tejo River ( or Tagus River = Rio Tejo in Portuguese) have influenced shaping the landscape, climate and economy for centuries.
The river has also responsibility for the shaping of distinct Tejo terroirs. River´s strenght and breadth elementally impacts the soil and climate. It is possible to split in three wine-producing areas, such as Bairro, Charneca and Campo. Bairro has hills and plains with limestone and clay soils with areas of schist deposits. Charneca is more flat with sandy soils and more dry, which forces the vines to struggle. Campo lies along the Tejo riverbanks, more influenced my maritime climate and moderate temperatures.
Tejo Wine Region Soils and Climate
Near the surrounding plains and riverbanks, the ideal terrain to cultivate native grapes varieties . Tejo wines have their main focus on balance and quality, which offers styles appealing according to consumer preferences and budgets. With complex soils and warm climate, in general they have high natural acidity to develop products with characteristics of balanced wines and bright fruits.
Vineyards share their space with cork forests and olive groves. Each winery has its own story and style, however they are united to produce wines of excellence. Enthusiasm, commitment and collaboration, they believe in this very special terrier from the Tejo wine region.
Most of the harvest process is still hand-plucking ripe and one of the main goals of wine producers is to use natural and sustainable Portuguese cork from the region.