Cork Harvest and the Alentejo Wines

This precious and versatile vegetable tissue known as cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Cork (cortiça) is most easily stripped off the tree in late Spring and Summer when the cells are fragile and tear without being damaged. The tree quickly forms new layers of cork and restores its protective barrier. No tree is cut down. This simple fact makes cork harvesting exceptionally sustainable, leading to a unique balance between people and nature in Allentejo.

You will get to see and feel:

It is one of the moments that mark the way of life of the Alentejo Montado. The time of “stripping”, when workers of large fields of cork and holm oaks are dedicated to taking off the cork, leaving the of solid logs with a reddish color, creating one of the most traditional images of the Alentejo Montado.

Come and see this activity and participate in building a stack of cork boards and feel yourself like a real Alentejano.*

Magnificent landscapes of rolling plains, where the surrounding tranquility invites you to a stop and to enjoy each moment.

And then lunch. Just to mmention a few dishes you will be able to taste the savor creamy bread soups seasoned with purslane or cilantro; the infamous Carne do Porco Alentejana stew made with pork and clams served over a bed of potatoes; and secretos de porco made from the famed black footed pig, used in Spain for the glorious jamon de bellota.

After your lunch you  have the occasion to meet and taste the large variety of wines from this region on a visit to 2 wineries. Their whites have refreshing acidity, intense fruit and original aromas; red wines are fruity but fresh and are characterized by their elegance that lingers on the palate.

On your way back to Lisbon experience large swatches of land dotted with perfectly round pine trees, and scraggly olive and holm-oak forests, that cast long, obscure shadows at sunset hour on one of the most beautiful and breathtaking region’s in Portugal.

 

* This route is available during the months of June and July.

 

This itinerary includes:

Transportation on luxury Mercedes sedan or Minivan from and to the meeting point, Driver/History Heritage guide/Wine and Spirits Education, Lunch on a Medieval convent, Trust certified guide, Visits to wineries and wine and food tastings, Monument entrances, City Tours, Personal accident insurance, Taxes.

On the 2 days itineraries, the transfer from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge. On the 3 days itineraries, the transfer from the airport to Lisbon and from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge (applicable conditions for groups between 2 and 7 people and only for the transfers to and from the airport).

This itinerary DOESN’T include:

Private Tous and Other personal expenses.

Terms and Conditions
Many of The Best Portugal animation activities are conducted on open air. Thus, while always be mindful of weather conditions. We have to bear in mind that sometimes unpredictable weather phenomena do occur during a tour. In such cases The Best Portugal won´t be held responsible for that and those reasons will never be considered as reasonable for any refund.

Tours will leave according to times stated on itineraries and will not wait for “latecomers”. We accept no responsibility for passengers failing to be at designated pick up points at designated times, no refund is provided for passengers failing to meet our tour at designated times.

We reserve the right to alter any part of the itinerary due to the fact that they are subject to supplier availability at the time of booking. Should it be necessary to alter an itinerary, a supplier of equal value and quality shall be chosen. The client shall be notified in writing of any changes made to an itinerary.

We reserve the right to use alternate vehicles and operators.

Tour arrangements are intended for persons of reasonably good health and without physical disabilities which would create a hazard either for the passenger or other passengers. The Best Portugal, reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such person’s health or mental condition impede the operation of the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on our vehicles or inside winery buildings.

We accept no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

x 2 230€

x 4 220€

x 7 210€

Price per person

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