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Gastronomy and Wines

The Gastronomy

The Ribatejo Lezírias (designation for the lands that border the Tagus River) have been producing very good meat, cereals and vegetables since where the memory can get.

Despite it's originality, we can see in many recipes of the Ribatejo Kitchen the Alentejo Gastronomy influence. The “Açordas” and the “Migas” (both of these garnishing specialties are bed based) are a good example of this.

As further examples of ingredients and products that most identify this region we have: Rice, Olive Oil, Melons, Tomatoes and many different kinds of Chorizos.  The Savel, Fataças and Eels are complements that come from the Tagus River.

The hard working lifestyle of the Ribatejo people in the old times required great energy that could be found in a strong diet composed out of regional dishes as the “Sopa da Pedra” (very thick soup made with vegetables, potatos and Chorizos) the “Magusto” (mix of Bread, Beans, Water and Cabbage) with Cod Fish”, the Bread Crumbed Fried Fish “Fataça”, the Lamb Stew and the Pork seasoned with Juniper.

Celestes, Arrepiados, Pampilhos, Fogaças or Tigeladas are just some of the sweet desserts that the region has to offer.

The Wines


The wines from the Ribatejo region are now known as “Vinhos do Tejo” (Wines of the Tejo).

The intention of changing the name focused around issues that relate to the quality that these wines have already achieved as well as the need to involve the wines to the river whose name is an icon in the region's economy.

The Tagus River marks the region where there are three distinct wine zones and represent a diversity level of the soil – “O Bairro” (the Quarter), “Acharneca” (the Heath) and “A Lezíria” (the Marshland).

On the other hand, the wines have Tagus sub-regions: Almeirim, Cartaxo, Chamusca, Coruche, Santarem and Tomar.

In the sub-region Almeirim, which comprises the counties of Alpiarça and Salvaterra de Magos, the white wines are most common.

The grapes varieties that predominate in red wines are Portuguese “Touriga”, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, but one can also find “Castelão”, “Aragonez”, “Merlot”, “Syrah” and “Alicante Bouschet”.

The white wines are very diverse; wines are aromatic, pleasantly fruity, being most of them produced with grape’s varieties of “Fernao Pires”, “Arinto”, “Verdelho”, “Sauvignom Blanc” and “Chardonnay”.

In order to better understand the characteristics and vinous productions, we invite you to visit the Thematic Routes of Ribatejo via the link below: