Currently, the Alentejo is well known for its high quality wines. The region is dotted with vast areas of vineyards - about 22.000 hectares, and 4.000 owners.
However, not always wine production has had as much importance as currently. Formerly, due to the characteristics of climate and soil of Alentejo, the productions were mainly based on cereals, olive, oak, corn and cattle. The wine was only intended for local consumption and its production was done in a traditional way.
It was only in the 80s that the winery sector has gained prominence: the sector was revitalized, production facilities were improved and associations have been established.
Currently there are eight sub-regions well known for its cherished wines: Evora, Borba, Granja/Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Reguengos, Redondo e Vidigueira.