Estremadura is of all our provinces the one that shows a more complex aspect, whatever the position that we have to consider. Starting with the geological aspect, it has representation of all ages. In the climatic assessment can be considered in the transition between the Portuguese moisture zone, permanent winds of the West and the dry ones. The type of vegetation in the northern part is close to a type of Central Europe, whereas in the southern end it already has Mediterranean characteristics. The lands of alluvium contrast with the slopes where the secondary limestone abounds and the floodplains oppose the mountainous masses of the eastern border. It is a land of dispersion and plurality, sometimes referred to as a land where paradoxes abound. The vineyard, although with a great capacity of adaptation to the different types of soils, finds in the diversity of the region a clear preference for some of these, namely the brown or red limestones of marls or parables and fine sandstones, the normal brown or red Mediterranean soils and non-humic littoral soils, these with representation in the most northern part of the region. The presence of the great metropolis that is Lisbon, although located in an extreme of the Estremadura region, indelibly marks the social habits of the region.
The rurality that for a long time generally characterized the population of Estremadura only changed with the industrialization introduced from the nineteenth century. Society was very affected with the development of the mobility system, with emphasis on the route that recently started to connect Lisbon with Leiria. Estremadura is a frontier land, it recalls its meaning when one evokes the differentiation between the people of the south from the mountains. This situation contributes to intermediate dispersal formations designated by farms or agricultural lands. A farm is a designation that was first taken as subunit within a Rustic Villa and consequently referenced to a Roman origin where Villa was designative of a structure of rural settlement. This is the most significant structure, a component of manifest dignity and that even today throughout Estremadura has a high heritage, almost entirely linked to wine production and is often referred to when it is marketed. In CVRLisboa
Denomination of Controlled Origin
Encostas de Aire
The wines produced in Ourém have a Controlled Origin Denomination – “DOC Encostas D’Aire” -, which belongs to the Lisbon Wine Region. The oldest Portuguese wine producing regions have DOC status. Protecting the genuineness of the origin, trying to assure the quality of the wines of each region. Establishing the recommended vine varieties, methods of vinification, alcohol content and aging periods in bottles or in cellar. The most northerly zone of the Lisbon Wine Region, the slopes of Serra de Aire, this wine growing region, where the climate is temperate, with microclimate formation and soil characterized by heterogeneity of types, has edaphoclimatic characteristics that provide conditions for the production of high quality wines.
This is where the wines entitled to the Denomination of Origin “Encostas De Aire” are produced, belonging to the Ourém sub-region (Medieval of Ourém). Recognized by Ordinance No. 167/2005 of 11 February by the Portuguese Government.
DOC Encostas d' Aire
The wines labeled, officially, as Encostas D’Aire (1) reach high quality levels.
They can be red, white or rosés, and also Medieval de Ourém.
3) Torres Vedras
Ourém is officially born under the name of Auren, by the hand of Dª. Therese in the charter she gave him. The oldest and emblematic landmark of Ourém, stands on a hilltop. Boasting firm traces of stories of monarchs that time has already taken hold. The Castle of Ourém is surrounded by a charming medieval village in a bucolic environment, mixed with peace and mystery.
Our municipality dresses in mysteries, in 1917, the miracle of Fátima appeared to three shepherds, thus watching the awakening of a new reality. Fátima is today one of the most visited cities of Portugal, due to the cult of Our Lady Mary. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Cova da Iria, mainly from May to October, where the Altar of the World is located.
Ourém enjoys a gastronomic variety that delights those who go there. And as if all this involvement of history, faith and gastronomy was not enough, Nature enriches this heritage. In the locality of Agroal, there is a source with great flow that feeds the river Nabão. This spring has become very famous for its thermal qualities, with properties that improve the state of the skin.
Located in the Central Region of Portugal, Ourém is a municipality with 416Km2, divided into 13 parishes. Of legends and myths, Ourém is rich indeed, but its charm enchants anyone, especially if it is to taste a nectar made from the grapes of the earth.
The lands of alluvium contrast with the slopes where the secondary limestone abounds and the floodplains oppose the mountainous massifs of the eastern border.
Our vineyards are in a climate of transition between the humid and windy zone of the West and the dry ones that migrate from Ribatejo. Come and visit to know more.
Divinis collects its grapes through Ourém Municipality, Leiria, Pombal, Porto de Mós and Batalha. These zones present unique conditions for viniculture.