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Tejo
Sub-Regions
01: Tomar
02: Santarém
03: Chamusca
04: Cartaxo
05: Almeirim
06: Coruche
Description of Tejo's Region
The Tejo region is located in the very heart of Portugal, a short drive from the capital city of Lisbon. Pulsing with a rich heritage, Tejo claims a bounty of historical treasures scanning the pages of time, from Roman ruins and Gothic castles, to Manueline monasteries and medieval hilltop villages. To the Portuguese, Tejo is known as the land of vineyards, olive groves, cork forests, Mertolengo cattle, and the famous Lusitano horses.

Viticulture has deep roots in Tejo and it is heralded as one of the oldest wine producing regions in the country. Vineyards have graced the banks of the Tejo River (Tagus in English) since Roman times, and the influence of past grape-growing cultures is evident in the many architectural relics dotting the landscape.

Formerly known as Ribatejo, since 2009 the region has now simply been called Tejo, a tribute to the river that has defined its landscape, climate and economy for centuries. The river can also be credited for shaping the distinct Tejo terroirs, making the surrounding plains and riverbanks an ideal terrain to cultivate Portugal’s native grapes.

Culture
Old and famous

The wines from Ribatejo were already famous before Portugal became a country. In 1770, in the foral (royal document) of the city of Santarém, D.Afonso Henriques made reference to these wines.

Protectionism

From the 13th to the 15th Century, a number of measures were taken by Portuguese kings to protect this region's wines. One of such measures was to prohibit the entrance of wines produced outside the region.

References in literature

Gil Vicente refers to Tejo wines, namely the wine from the Abrantes region, in his work "Pranto de Maria Parda". In Almeida Garrett's "Viagens na Minha Terra", Dâmaso Xavier dos Santos is remembered, a great agricultural owner from Cartaxo who dedicated himself to the liberal cause, ruining his entire fortune.

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