Encosta do Guadiana is a wine region located in the southeast of Portugal, in the Alentejo region. It is known for producing high-quality wines, particularly red wines made from the Aragonez and Trincadeira grape varietals.
Encosta do Guadiana is a relatively new wine region, having been officially recognized in 2003. It covers an area of about 3,500 hectares and includes about 20 wineries. The region has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters, which is ideal for grape cultivation.
The region's soils are mainly composed of schist and granite, which provide excellent drainage and help to regulate the vines' water supply. The vineyards are planted on rolling hillsides, which helps to ensure good air circulation and sun exposure for the grapes.
Encosta do Guadiana produces a range of wines, including red, white, and rosé wines. The red wines are particularly noteworthy and are known for their deep, complex flavors and aromas of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones. The white wines are typically made from the Antão Vaz and Arinto grape varietals and are known for their crisp, refreshing flavors.