Rota dos Vinhos e dos Espumantes de Távora-Varosa: a world around wine

The Távora-Varosa region, with a rich history dating back to the era of the Romans, Suevi, and Visigoths, has distinguished itself not only for its architectural heritage bequeathed by the Monks of Cister but also for its outstanding production of wines and sparkling wines.

This historical legacy, which began in the 12th century with the construction of the first Monastery in the Iberian Peninsula by the Monks of Cister, and the subsequent introduction of wine and sparkling wine production in the 17th century, has turned Távora-Varosa into an emblematic region for Portuguese oenology.

In 1989, it became the first nationally demarcated viticultural region specifically for the production of sparkling wine with the Denomination of Origin Távora-Varosa, reaffirming its pioneering position in the production of high-quality sparkling wines.

The Rota dos Vinhos e dos Espumantes de Távora-Varosa is a testament to this rich tradition, offering visitors an immersive experience in the world of wine and sparkling wine, guided by the history and culture of the region.

The participation of this route in the next edition of FINE #WineTourism Marketplace, on the 13th and 14th of March 2024, will allow attendees to closely discover its unique wine tourism proposal.

What to enjoy along the route?

The wine tourism proposal of the Rota dos Vinhos e dos Espumantes de Távora-Varosa invites to explore the historical and vinicultural richness of the region through a journey that combines culture, history, and flavour.

Visits to Cistercian monasteries from the 12th century, such as São João de Tarouca, the first in the Iberian Peninsula, and the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas, intertwine with oenological experiences in wineries and cellars where the sparkling wines and wines of the region are the protagonists.

These experiences not only offer tastings of some of the best national sparkling wines but also allow to discover the indigenous varieties and winemaking techniques that have been perfected over the centuries in this region.

The diversity of soils and the specific microclimate of Távora-Varosa facilitate the production of wines with an ideal freshness and acidity, distinctive characteristics of its sparkling and still wines.

The route also emphasises the importance of sustainability and respect for the terroir, reflecting a commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the viticultural history of Távora-Varosa, learning about the role of the Cister Monks in the introduction of viticulture in the region and how this tradition has been maintained and evolved to become a symbol of quality and excellence recognised at both national and international levels.

Cultural and heritage experience

Besides its wine tourism richness, Távora-Varosa offers a unique cultural and heritage experience. The region is home to important historical and architectural monuments, such as the Convent of Santo António de Ferreirim and the monastic triangle of the Vale do Varosa, which includes the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas and the Convent of São João de Tarouca.

These sites are not only a testimony to the historical and spiritual importance of the region but also provide an incomparable framework for the exploration of its wine heritage.

The visit to these architectural gems is complemented by the opportunity to tour the vineyard landscapes of Távora-Varosa, where one can appreciate the extensive vineyard plantations and the care with which the indigenous varieties are cultivated.

This focus on heritage conservation and the promotion of the wine culture turns Távora-Varosa into an outstanding wine tourism destination, whose offer can be discovered in depth during its participation in FINE #WineTourism Marketplace.