Day 8: The best Wineries in the Península of Setúbal Wine Region
Breakfast at the hotel.
The Chauffeur is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel. You will go towards the Península de Setúbal region.
You will visit two of the most internationally famous wine producing estates here located. Starting at Quinta da Bacalhôa palace and Museum, one of the most emblematic wine producing estates in the region, not only because of its awarded wines, but also because of the beautiful framework of the estate and Palace, from the 14th century. The Bacalhôa brand, established in 1922, has allays showed a search for the perfection of their wines. The commitment of Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal is focused on the product differentiation, followed by a strong innovative component simultaneously, in order to not only meet but also anticipate and even exceed the expectations of the visitors of its spaces. This differentiation ambience of is clearly noticed in the famous Palace and Quinta da Bacalhôa, in Azeitão, a estate with a history that dates back to the beginning of the Avis Dynasty. In this property, we will give you the chance to visit the Bacalhôa Museum/Winery and Bacalhôa Palace with an exclusive tour guide. In the end, delight yourself with a 4-Wine Tasting (Sparkling Wine Vintage, Cova da Ursa White Wine, Quinta da Bacalhôa Red Wine, Moscatel Colheita 2001 - 10 year old Fortified Wine) accompanied by Assorted Dry Fruits.
Final stop of the day will be, a few meters away, in the Museum House José Maria da Fonseca. Built in the XIX century, the House Museum was restored in 1923 by the Swiss architect Ernesto Korrodi and was the residence of the Soares Franco family until 1974. With a façade and gardens of very special beauty, the House Museum has always been associated to the image of José Maria da Fonseca. This is one of the main responsible estates for the national and international recognition of the region. The portfolio of José Maria da Fonseca comprises more than thirty brands of high quality, representing the major national wine regions. Many of them enjoy today great popularity. In here, the tour begins in the Room Museum with a brief explanation about the history of the company. After a walk through the garden, there is a visit to Wine Cellars. The Mata Wine Cellar (where the Periquita wine stages), the Teares Novos Wine Cellar (where annually takes place the Fellowship of Periquita) and the Teares Velhos Wine Cellar (where rest the house’s oldest Muscats). The tour will end with a Wine-Gastronomical Tasting of 20 Years Muscat, accompanied with Tortas de Azeitão.
At the end of the afternoon, dinner is waiting for you at Eleven Restaurant. The restaurant stands out since the beginning by the building’s architecture (architectonic project by Arch. João Correia) who assumes himself as a modernist and minimalist in the exterior decorative forms and elements. It is a building that uses natural materials (stone, wood) connecting to the exterior, through the enormous windows turned to Tejo. The kitchen is a piece of decoration since it does not only exist as a transparent zone for the customers, but they can actually enter the kitchen. Eleven Restaurant has obtained its first Michelin star in November 2005. The gastronomical concept of Eleven Restaurant is profoundly rooted in the knowledge of its chef, Joachim Koerper. This Chef has a unique capacity to ally his knowledge to the places he works in, in order to adapt his creativity and recreate traditional courses and discovering new ways to utilize the ingredients available in our squares and markets.
Return to the Hotel.
End of the day.