In the sunny South of Portugal, just inland from the capital Lisbon in the region to the south of the Tejo river valley as it makes its way from Spain out towards the Atlantic stretches a region known for its gentle hills, warm dry climate, cork-oak trees and grape vines. This is the Alentejo ("across the Tejo.")
In the far inland sector bordering Spain, a district known as the Alto Alentejo, lies the village of Alter de Chao, and Terras d'Alter's vineyards lie on the nearby gentle hillsides.
Terras d'Alter is an exciting producer dedicated to making superb varietal wines as well as blends from a combination of native Portuguese and other Mediterranean grape varieties. Founded in 2004 as a joint venture between Sociedade Agrícola das Antas and Sociedade Agrícola do Monte Barrão, family firms with centuries of agricultural history in Alto Alentejo, in cooperation with Peter Bright, world renowned oenologist, Alter works with traditional Portuguese varietals sourced primarily from the Antas and Monte Barrão vineyards in Fronteira and Alter do Chão, Peter Bright masterfully coaxes intense flavors of ripe berry and spice from the grapes grown under the Portuguese sun and blends them in the Company’s state of the art winery built in 2008 to create approachable wines.
Extraordinary quality and extraordinary values, these will change the way you think about Portuguese wines and winemaking!
TERRAS D'ALTER BRANCO
Siria 45%, Arinto 45%, Viognier 10%
Terras d'Alter | Siria
Siria 100%- crisp clean dry white
Terras d’Alter | Arinto
Arinto 100%- bone dry, high acidity very bright.
Terras d’Alter | Verdelho
Verdelho 100% - full flavored and crisp with melon and peach fruit.
TERRA D'ALTER RESERVA BRANCO
High altititude vineyards in the Alto Alentejo. Siria 25%, Arinto 25%, Verdelho 25%, Viosinho 10%, Gouveio 10%, Viognier 5% Fermented in barrique, aged in oak.
TERRA D'ALTER ROSADO
Touriga Nacional & Aragonez.
Alter Varietal Wines
Terra d’Alter | Alvarinho
Alvarinho 100%- mouth watering and crisp with good fruit
Terra d’Alter | Aragonez
Aragonez 100% - the local name for Tempranillo- lush and plummy.
Terra d’Alter | Alicante Bouschet
Alicante Bouschet 100% - a “tenturier” (red-fleshed) grape filled with deep jammy fruit
alter Reserva Wines
TERRA D'ALTER RESERVA TINTO
High altititude vineyards in the Alto Alentejo. 30% Trincadeira, 30% Tinta Caiada, 20% Aragonez, 15% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Petit Verdot. 22 months in oak.
TERRA D'ALTER TINTO
Aragonez 45%, Trincadeira 45%, Syrah 10%
Terra d’Alter | Touriga Nacional
Touriga Nacional 100%- the finest grape of the Douro region- ripe and jammy with tons of black pepper
Terra d’Alter | Alfrochiero
Alfrochiero 100% - the most Burgundian of Portuguese native varietals, supple and elegant with fruit and spicebox aromas.