65 64 tourists who crowd Lisbon’s streets. “We’ve previously had guests from as far away as Canada and Australia!”, explains the friendly lady at the recep- tion of the São Lourenço do Barrocal winery. This former farm has been in the family for generations. In recent years, the buildings, stables, silos and workers’ accommodation all stood empty. That was until a banker from Lisbon took over the property from his family and had it renovated. His wife, a successful interior designer, has given everything a natural, modern touch, creating a whole relaxation zone, complete with pool, spa and a beautiful shop where old handcrafts such as stylish blankets and pillows, as well as ceramic plates and straw hats are showcased. There are sixty-six wineries lying along the various “wine trails” which pass through the gently rolling hills of a region characterised by olive trees, cork trees and holm oaks. You can visit them to sample the wines, dine,and even stay the night.Surround- ing the vineyards, you will discover a land rich in history, with old villages and small towns like Évora, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or take Estremoz as an- other example, a small town crowned with a castle that houses a royal palace. spectacular views: the village of Monsaraz and the Wine Hotel Herdade do Sobroso Grandios Aussichten: Das Dorf Monsaraz und das Weinhotel Herdade do Sobroso Vineyard Stay in the Alentejo · Winzerferien im Alentejo There are also enchanting villages such as Monsaraz, which sits high atop a hill, gleaming white in the sunlight, with views extending far out over the Alentejo’s enchanting landscape. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine in your hand ... Pictures: ©Herdade do Sobroso