The wine tourism experience at Adega Vila Santa includes several activities like wine tastings, lunches at the winery, local cuisine cooking workshops, taking part in the harvest and stomping grapes, and even be an oenologist for a day. We’re João Maria and Filipa Portugal Ramos and since we were kids we’ve been passionate about this project that we want to share with you.

João Portugal Ramos is born out of love for this land, and we offer a genuine experience. People live the authentic winery lifestyle: if they come during the harvest, they can help pick grapes and stomp them later. If they want to cook, they will do so with seasonal ingredients. We suggest you take at least half a day to visit us. The best way to grasp the energy of this place is by spending some time, tasting wines calmly, and eating a meal. 

My connection to Alentejo comes before the wine. I've always hunted since I was young, at first with my father. I always loved Alentejo and stayed. When it comes to winemaking, Alentejo has changed a lot but its beauty remains the same. It's one of the most protected areas in Portugal when it comes to the environment. I realised the potential of winemaking, so I decided to start the business.

Alentejo marks us forever. I usually say I'm already an Alentejano considering I've been here for so long, my children were born and raised here, and I still work here. It's a region that draws people because of the peaceful life everyone cherishes so much. At the same time, we have the advantage of being relatively close to Lisbon.


João Portugal Ramos is born out of love for this land, and we offer a genuine experience. People live the authentic winery lifestyle: if they come during the harvest, they can help pick grapes and stomp them later. If they want to cook, they will do so with seasonal ingredients. We suggest you take at least half a day to visit us. The best way to grasp the energy of this place is by spending some time, tasting wines calmly, and eating a meal. 

My connection to Alentejo comes before the wine. I've always hunted since I was young, at first with my father. I always loved Alentejo and stayed. When it comes to winemaking, Alentejo has changed a lot but its beauty remains the same. It's one of the most protected areas in Portugal when it comes to the environment. I realised the potential of winemaking, so I decided to start the business.

Alentejo marks us forever. I usually say I'm already an Alentejano considering I've been here for so long, my children were born and raised here, and I still work here. It's a region that draws people because of the peaceful life everyone cherishes so much. At the same time, we have the advantage of being relatively close to Lisbon.


"In the opening day, our father and we placed the last brick of the winery. We froze that moment in time with a photograph we keep here."
João Portugal Ramos

I'm happy to see how motivated my children are to carry on with my work and improve it over time.

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Our story and mission

I was born in Lisbon, but started my work career in Alentejo as a consultant in several wineries of the region in 1981. I remember that at that time few restaurants in Portugal had Alentejo wines on the menu. I travelled the whole country giving wine bottles to restaurants so they could get to know our wines. Nowadays, Alentejo's presence is the strongest.


No matter how much the business grows in other parts of the country, those who saw it start and grow here will always be very fond of this region.


João Portugal Ramos begins in 1992 without being too ambitious and not knowing where it could reach as a company. We grew as the Alentejo wines became popular and because my name was more famous than I expected, considering the many years I had worked as a consultant.

Twenty six years later, the company grew sustainably and we're still a family business. My favourite achievement was to show Alentejo to the world and make it a top destination in Portugal. A lot of the work in this business is done behind-the-scenes, that you don't notice at once.

Things to do
João Portugal Ramos

All the region’s richness in one glass

Alentejo wines stand out for their diversity and ours aren’t an exception. Year after year, we try to minimise the human intervention in our vineyards, making sure we produce a rich, high-quality product. Do you doubt is? Nothing like tasting it for yourself!

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Zona dos Mármores
WINE TASTE´ing 1 - ALENTEJO
GUIDED TOUR TO THE WINERY AND CELLARS TASTING OF 3 WINES Pouca Roupa Marquês de Borba...
from € 10.00
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Zona dos Mármores
WINE TASTE'ING 2 - MARQUÊS DE BORBA
GUIDED TOUR TO THE WINERY AND CELLARS TASTING OF 4 WINES Marquês de Borba white Marquês de...
from € 17.50
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Zona dos Mármores
WINE TASTE’ ing 4 - RESERVAS
Guided tour to the Winery and Cellars Premium Selection Tasting of 6 wines Sparkling wine...
from € 45.00
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Zona dos Mármores
LUNCH’ing at the WINERY - Vila Santa
GUIDED TOUR TO THE WINERY AND CELLARS Lunch Welcome appetisers 1 Starter Dish 1 Main Dish (choose...
from € 50.00
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Zona dos Mármores
LUNCH’ing at the WINERY - Marquês de Borba
GUIDED TOUR TO THE WINERY AND CELLARS Lunch Welcome appetisers 1 Starter Dish 1 Main Dish (choose...
from € 60.00
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Zona dos Mármores
LUNCH'ing at the WINERY - Reservas
GUIDED TOUR TO THE WINERY AND CELLARS Lunch Welcome appetisers 1 Starter Dish 1 Main Dish (choose...
from € 80.00
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Zona dos Mármores
TAPAS'ing with WINE
VISIT THE WINERY AND CELLARS TAPAS “Tibornas” with oregano seasoned with extra virgin olive oil...
from € 25.00
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Zona dos Mármores
KITCHEN'ing with the Wine - Cooking Workshop
LOCAL ALENTEJO CUISINE COOKING WORKSHOP GUIDED TOUR OF THE WINERY AND CELLARS LUNCH...
from € 85.00
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Zona dos Mármores
WINE’making FOR A DAY - BE AN OENOLOGIST FOR A DAY
GUIDED TOUR OF THE WINERY AND CELLARS BE AN OENOLOGIST FOR A DAY A unique experience to...
from € 30.00
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Zona dos Mármores
NATURE’ing with WINE - Harvesting
NATURE’ing with WINE - HARVESTING VISIT THE VIEWPOINT Near the Estremoz castle with a panoramic...
from € 75.00

Quiet Alentejo    

"In Alentejo you'll find peace and quiet, good food, and great wines. All of Alentejo is amazing and Estremoz in particular has a distinguished group of traits worth exploring. "
João Portugal Ramos
João Portugal Ramos

Location

Centre

Zona dos Mármores

Know the region

When it comes to the landscapes, Autumn and Winter put up quite a show. The vineyards are the prettiest in October and November. When it rains in Alentejo, the scent of wet dirt the next day is one of a kind! To be honest, as long as the grapes are in the winery already, the first rains after the Summer always feel good. 


Cities are well-preserved, with untouched historical centres. We visit Estremoz, and the city’s old part is the same as it was 200 years ago, and that’s amazing.


Our soil is made of clay, schist, granite, limestone… We have vineyards 50 metres from the ocean and others close to Spain, 600 metres above or close to sea level. It’s this diversity that makes the wine so special and makes everyone produce a different wine.

People are unique. Portuguese are friendly, and the Alentejo people represent the best of the Portuguese, with a unique sense of humour, and a vocabulary that will make you cry laughing… They’re genuine, straightforward, and it’s worth it to know such special people. 

Alentejo is vast, and there is so much to do. The top things are visiting the wineries, going to the Estremoz market on Saturdays (the vegetables taste incredible), and stroll on the Costa Alentejana. There is nothing bad about Alentejo! 

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