Wineries and Producers

Colares

The Demarcated Region of Colares, created in 1908, small in area when compared to other wine-making regions in the country, achieved relevance at the turn of 20th century due to the high percentage of ramisco vines that were cultivated and occupied a large part of the surface area.     

The Adega Regional de Colares (Colares Regional Cellar) was established in 1931, with the objective of ensuring the quality and origin of the region’s wine products.

Initially founded by 81 members, in the following years it registered a considerable increase in the number of associates and is the oldest cooperative winery in the country.   

In 1934, by decree-law n. º 24 500, of September 19th – considered by many as the true Charter  of Colares wine  – the Adega Regional de Colares was granted the exclusive  right to manufacture Colares wine, at the same time as an aging period of a minimum of two years was set so as to guarantee the quality of this wine product.    

In the following decades, the high cost of labour, the difficult planting in the sandy soil, the crisis in wine production, the increase of pine forests in detriment of vineyards and the advance of urban areas have, among others factors, contributed towards the decrease in the production of ramisco.     

Today, besides the Adega Regional de Colares, there are other wineries and individual producers of the Colares wine.

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Colares Regional Wine Cellar

The Colares Regional Wine Cellars were founded in 1931 and currently produce over 50% of the region’s wines and are supplied by 90% of its producers.

This cooperative has played a hugely important social role in the region in the agricultural sector for over 80 years now. It produces wines from the Colares Protected Designation of Origin, regional Extremadura wines and table wines suited for any occasion.

The original building which is still in use looks grand from the outside and is striking inside due to its sheer size. The main building houses a vast number of huge vats where the cellars’ wines are left to mature. 

 

 

Contacts

 

Colares Regional Wine Cellar

Av. Coronel Linhares de Lima, n.º 32 Colares,

2705-351 SINTRA

GPS: 38º48'19.48'' N, 9º26'58.63'' W

T: 219 291 210

F: 219 288 083

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

W: www.arcolares.com

 

Resources and Services

Disabled access 

Guided Tours 

Shops 

Toilet facilities 

Car Park

 

Entertainment Activities

Guided tours including wine tasting for groups minimum 10 people. 

Concerts, dinners and other bookable events.

 

Main Tastings

Predominantly reds which may originate from “hard ground" (clay soil) or sandy ground” (sandy soil).