The DOC area, named after the city of the same name, is located on the Portuguese peninsula Península Setúbal in the central west Portugal near the capital Lisbon. It covers the municipal district areas of Palmela and Setúbal and belongs to the region Península de Setúbal (formerly Terras do Sado). The Mediterranean climate influenced by the near Atlantic is characterized by hot, dry summers and rainy winters. In the plain there are sandy soils, the hilly areas, which are considered better, consist of limestone and clay.
The white wines are made from the varieties Alvarinho. Antão 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 made from the varieties Alfrocheiro Preto. Alicante Henri Bouschet, Aragonez ( Tempranillo ) Bastardo. Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot, Periquita ( Castelão Francês ) Petit Verdot. Syrah. Tannat, Tinta Miúda ( Graciano ) Tinto Cao. 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 large trading company) Fonseca ).