Setúbal Peninsula wines
Setúbal is located at the edge of a large peninsula to the south of Lisbon, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Tagus and Sado rivers complete the water boundaries. The region has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers, mild rainy winters, and high humidity. Only the Serra da Arrábida, due to its high altitude and proximity to the sea, benefits from a more Atlantic climate.
The Setúbal Peninsula was once synonymous with the high-volume output of simple wines. It includes two DOC’s, Palmela and Setúbal, and the IG Setúbal Peninsula. DOC Setúbal is reserved for one of Portugal’s other world-famous dessert wines, the Moscatel Roxo (Purple Muscat) and Moscatel do Setúbal, both sweet and honey-like wines that can age for decades before serving. The red wines of Palmela are made with Castelão, which grows well in the warm sandy soils, and the main white grapes are Arinto, Fernão Pires, and Moscatel.