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This is the largest wine-growing region in terms of wine production Portugal with a total of 60,000 hectares of vineyards (more than Austria total) extends immediately north of Lisbon along the Atlantic coast to the city of Leiria and is also known as Oeste (the west). It closes the areas Alcobaca (IPR), Alenquer (DOC), Arruda (DOC), Bucelas (DOC), Carcavelos (DOC), Cartaxo (DOC, part of it in the region Ribatejo ), Encostas de Aire (IPR, part of it in the region Beiras ) Lourinhã (DOC), Óbidos (DOC) and Torres Vedras (DOC) a. Many wines were exported here as early as the 19th century. Barrel wine also went to France in large quantities, for example to add color and extract to the local wines in Bordeaux. Most of it, however, became easy house wine produced for domestic consumption.
Even today, for the most part bulk wine marketed by huge cooperative wineries. Due to the proximity to the sea with the balanced climate and cool nights in autumn there are good conditions for white wines, which make up a large proportion. Besides many autochthonous Grape varieties are also international like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grown. The entire wine region covering the entire region (Portuguese Vinho Regional) was called Estremadura, but since the 2009 vintage Lisboa,