Named after the town of the same name DOC area is located on the Portuguese peninsula Península Setúbal in the central west Portugal near the capital Lisbon. It includes the city district areas of Palmela and Setúbal and is part of the region Península de Setúbal (formerly Terras do Sado). The Mediterranean climate influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean is characterized by hot, dry summers and rainy winters. In the plain there are sandy soils, which are considered better hilly layers of limestone and clay.
The white wines are from the varieties Alvarinho. Antao Vaz. Arinto. Chardonnay. Fernão Pires. Loureiro. Malvasia Fina, Moscatel Galego Branco ( Muscat Blanc ), Moscatel de Setúbal ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ) Pinot Blanc. Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro ( Síria ) Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon. Verdelho and Viosinho vinified. The red wines are from the varieties Alfrocheiro Preto. Alicante Henri Bouschet, Aragonese ( Tempranillo ) Bastardo. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot, Periquita ( Castelão Francês ) Petit Verdot. Syrah. Tannat, Tinta Miúda ( Graciano ) Tinto Cão. Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira das Pratas produced. Well-known producers are Caves Alianca, JP Vinhos, Quinta da Bacalhôa and Quinta de Camarate (all three belong to the property of the big trading house Fonseca ).