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9 Authentic Workshop Experiences in Alentejo

19.08.2020

Alentejo is more than a region of tranquility. In the last years, going to this alluring region meant to just go through cities and villages, as well as appreciate the wonderful food and premium wine, but those times are long past.

Besides, being a place full of stunning landscapes, it is also a region in which its entrepreneurs are very innovative and combine in all its projects the Alentejo's soul. Nowadays, there are many activities which make us want to stay even longer in this internationally acclaimed destiny.

Being this said, there are plenty of unique and authentic Alentejo experiences to please everyone’s tastes, and in almost all of these activities, it will show you how incredible are the Portuguese arts and its activities. Alone, as a couple, with friends or your family, next time you visit Alentejo will be the most exciting and memorable moments.

 

Kitchen Workshop With a Chef, Torre de Palma 

With a duration of three hours, this incredible gastronomic experience at Torre de Palma consists of a dinner in the private kitchen in a property of this wine hotel. In this experience, it will be delivered a selection of dishes carefully prepared by the Chef of Torre de Palma. All the meals will be carefully prepared and executed in live cooking, where you will have the possibility to participate in the preparation of each dish and get to know some of the techniques that the Chef uses as well a few secret tips. In the end, you will enjoy the meal.

 

Agriculture Workshop, Torre de Palma

In this agriculture workshop, you will learn all the correct picking techniques as well as learn other correct proceedings of this unique job. It includes fruit picking, a visit to the vineyards of the hotel, and to their own vegetable garden, which supplies the hotel's kitchen. Also, you will have wonderfully satisfying moments in contact with nature and memorable moments for you and your family.

 

Equestrian Workshop, Torre de Palma

If you love horses and always wanted to know more about riding and all its procedures, then this is the ideal workshop for you. In this delightful experience you will learn the technique of cleaning horses and distinguishing all the different materials use in this activity, also, you will understand the different types of feeding that horses need. Plus, it includes a baptism on horseback, as well,  a delivery of diploma, in which you will obtain in the hotel's reception, in order for you to show to your friends and family, the wonderful activity that you have learned during your exquisite vacation.

 

Cocktail Workshop, São Lourenço do Barrocal

Ever wish to learn the secrets of mixology art? To be a Brian Flanagan, like Tom Cruise in the Cocktail movie? Then here you go, in this workshop you will be receiving the wisdom of the bartender, to slice or smash the vegetables and fruit from their organic garden and mix the ingredients in the right proportion. Moreover, you will also have the chance to know the original recipes that they developed in order to get a little taste of the Alentejo, in their amazing cocktails. Also, they will try to keep in your mind that every time you create a cocktail you should use only the best ingredients, from fruits, or vegetables to herbs, honey, or alcoholic beverages. 

 

Pottery Workshop, São Lourenço do Barrocal

São Pedro do Corval is considered Portugal's largest pottery center since it has been the home to families of master potters who dedicate their lives to the craft. Rui Santos, one of these master potters will come to São Lourenço do Barrocal, in order to teach how to prepare the clay and work it in the wheel, and also the time you should wait for it to dry and how to beautifully finish it. In the last few years, this type of pottery has adapted to the needs of rural life in the Alentejo, taking the form of pots, pans, jars, and other fantastic utilitarian pieces.

 

Fresh Cheese Workshop, Herdade do Grous

Are you a cheese lover? Yes? And a fresh cheese lover? Also yes? In this amazing workshop, you will learn a very important activity, that will be heading sheep and goats with a local Shepard so you can make your own fresh cheese. There is also the chance to try your hand at milking the herd, the traditional way. Moreover, enjoy your work paired with a great glass of wine of Herdade do Grous.

 

Alentejo's Bread Workshop, Herdade do Grous

Besides savoring the fantastic gastronomy of this region, why not also learn how to do its mouthwatering bread? In this workshop, you will learn the many ways to knead, bake, and all the correct techniques and secrets with the Herdade's baker. In the end, delight yourself with fresh bread, while enjoying your work. Plus, it will be given to you the recipes of rustic bread in order for you to do at home and surprise your guests with your new bakery techniques. 

 

Portuguese Tile Painting Workshop, Herdade do Grous

A great experience and very Portuguese is this tile painting workshop. You will learn how to mold and paint as a personalized and unique design. After you put your creativity in the display, the tiles will be cooked in a traditional oven and hand over to you in order for you to keep as a lovely and very unique souvenir of your trip.

 

Building Your Wine Lot, Herdade do Grous

Wine & Food Experiences in Alentejo

In this unique experience, built for the wine lovers, you will make your own blend of wine, meaning, that you will compose the best blend of grape varieties according to your taste preferences and also create a bottle with a personalized label. The construction of a wine blend involves the tasting of several singles varies of wine that are produced at the Herdade dos Grous. The varieties consist of the Sirah, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Touriga-Nacional, and Alicante red varieties. The trick to being successful is that you be accompanied by the wisdom of your tasting will finding the right blend, between the balance of tannins, acidity, and aromas. In the end, you will be invited to create your own label and the result will be a personalized bottle and a unique wine, that you can offer as a unique and incredible gift for your friends and family.

By booking your 2020 or 2021 tour in Portugal with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus an acquired "Clean and Safe" seal. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your time in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

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