DOC / DOP area in the center of Portugal northeast of Lisbon. It lies in the Tagus plain between the Estremadura in the west and Alentejo in the East. A lot of vegetables, fruit and rice are grown on the fertile alluvial soils near the river. The area is therefore also known as the “Garden of Lisbon”. The area's mostly flat vineyards cover a total of 25,000 hectares, but only around a tenth of them are classified as DOC areas. This is divided into the six sub-areas Almeirim, Cartaxo (some of them also in Estremadura), Chamusca, Coruche, Santarém and Tomar. The entire region is under the name Tejo (formerly Ribatejana) classified as an IGP area (country wines). The best quality areas for viticulture are further from the river bed in the hinterland on barren, sandy soils with granite and slate subsoil. The climate is characterized by hot and dry summers. In winter an artificial one is required irrigation respectively.
The main red wine varieties are Alfrocheiro. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan ( mazuelo ) Merlot, Moreto ( Camarate ), Periquita ( Castelão Francês ) Pinot Noir. Syrah, Tinta Amarela ( Trincadeira Preta ) Tinta Barroca. Tinto Cao, Tinta Miúda ( Graciano ) and Touriga Nacional, The main types of white wine are Arinto. Arinto Roxo. Bical. Boal Branco, Esgana Cão ( Sercial ), Assario ( Malvasia Fina ) Chardonnay. Fernão Pires. Jampal, Malvasia Rei ( Palomino ) Rabo de Ovelha. Sauvignon Blanc. Seara Nova, Tália ( Trebbiano Toscano ) Tamarez. Trincadeira das Pratas and Vital, It used to be simple here mass wines produced for rapid consumption, which was served openly or marketed in large containers. From the DOC classification in 2000, there was a qualitative upswing. Well-known producers in the field are Bright Brothers (Fiuza & Bright), Falua, Quinta da Alorna, Quinta da Lagoalva, Quinta do Casal Branco and Terra de Lobos.