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This largest wine-growing region in terms of wine production Portugal with a total of 60,000 hectares of vineyards (more than Austria Total) extends just north of Lisbon on the Atlantic coast along north to the city of Leiria and is also referred to as Oeste (the west). She 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). Already in the 19th century many wines were produced for export. Fasswein also went to France in large quantities to lend color and extract to the local wines in Bordeaux, for example. But most of it became too simple house wine produced for domestic consumption.
Even today, for the most part bulk wine marketed by huge cooperative wineries. The proximity to the sea with the balanced climate and cool nights in the fall, there are good conditions for white wines, which make up a large proportion. In addition to many autochthonous Grape varieties are also international Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grown. The entire region of the country wine area (Portuguese Vinho Regional) was called Estremadura, but since the 2009 vintage Lisboa,