Dominant grape varieties
Arinto, Fonte Cal, Malvasia Fina, Rabo de Ovelha, Síria
Bastardo, Marufo, Rufete, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Baga
These highlands give rise to aromatic and fresh wines with a taste of Portugal
The rugged terrain and the mountain air give rise to a wine that is much appreciated for its characteristic flavour and aromatic taste that the old vines grant it, such as Rufete, Marufo, Síria and Fonte Cal, four genuine grape varieties from Beira.
In Portugal’s most mountainous region, wine has been produced for many centuries and was protected by royal measures, on several occasions, as happenned during the reigns of John I of Portugal, in the 14th century, and John III of Portugal, in the 16th century, thanks to its quality and importance.
From Serra da Estrela, Serra da Marofa and Serra da Malcata, to the Tagus river valley, south of Castelo Branco, there is much to explore and enjoy. Venture into the Estrela Geopark and walk through the imposing glacial valleys, with their lakes and refreshing waterways. In the villages, search for local producers and enjoy buttery cheeses accompanied by the fresh and fruity wines of Beira Interior. In some places, wine is still made in the old rock-carved winepresses.
The intangible heritage and the stories that reveal what is still genuinely Portuguese are the ideal setting for gastronomic tasting moments.
Take a walk through the historic villages of Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Marialva and Sortelha, with their medieval border castles. Made of granite and schist, they preserve stories of conquests and traditions and dazzle with their landscapes, heritage and friendly inhabitants. Include Belmonte and Guarda in your itinerary, where you will be surprised by a Sephardic Jewish heritage which over the centuries has left deep marks on the development of this region and the country, and take the opportunity to visit the Beira Interior wine route shop. To finish the tour, let yourself be enveloped by the sound of the adufes (Portuguese tambourine) and traditional songs in Idanha-a-Nova.
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Boat Trip by Portas de Ródão
In the passage of the Tagus River through Vila Velha de Ródão, you will find the Portas de Ródão, which are distinguished by their exposure and natural beauty. It is in this protected area of regional scope that you´ll find many of the regions natural beauty, highlighting the biodiversity of fauna, avifauna and flora.
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