This huge, sun-drenched area, covering much of the southern half of Portugal, has in recent years become an important source of bold, ripe and fruity red wines. No wonder that Alentejo attained its first sub-regions in 1989. Portugal’s entry into the EU had brought long-overdue investment into vineyards and cellars. And modern technology, especially temperature control, made it possible to make good quality white wines as well as rich reds. The Alentejo region has some wonderful old vines that produce a lower yield (but higher quality) of characterful wines.