This month, let’s go somewhere slightly more inland and visit the beautiful Alentejo. The coast is great but sometimes you just need a change of pace, and what better place than the wine region! There are a number of wineries in the area, I am sure they are all equally amazing, but we did not want to miss the opportunity to visit Herdade da Malhadinha Nova since it produces one of my favourite Portuguese wines. To our surprise, the Herdade is so much more than just a winery! It is situated about a 1h30 drive from the Algarve, hidden away in the middle of Alentejo, not far from Castro Verde, and only accessible via some dirt roads which definitely adds to the whole countryside feeling.
We decided to stay there for a weekend and try out the restaurant which we later found out that people have driven all the way there just for a meal so our hopes were definitely high and it definitely did not disappoint. Guests are greeted and offered a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting experience; you can even have the option of touring by horse chariot, fancy!
The surroundings are just beautiful and so vast, completely different from what you are used to seeing in the Algarve. Following on from the tour, we then went for the wine tasting which is great fun (obviously!) especially if you are like me and have no idea what you are doing, so you just copy what you see in the movies. I hope it worked! Many wine glasses later, we were eager to finally try out the restaurant; I don’t have one bad thing to say about it. The food was delicious as all ingredients are produced in their farm and many are sourced locally. They also produce my favourite olive oil which was just mouthwatering and goes exceptionally well with their homemade bread. It does seem quite a drive for “only” a tour and some food but I can assure you that we had a great time and the whole experience has become one our favourite memories. Herdade da Malhadinha offers a variety of other activities and if you are looking for a weekend getaway before the crazy and hectic Algarvian summer, I definitely recommend a spontaneous trip to one of the most beautiful areas of Portugal.