Just a short drive from Lisbon, Tejo is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Portugal with vineyards planted along the banks of the river since Roman times. Before 2009 the region was called Ribatejo, but since then the name has shortened to Tejo and is an acknowledgment of the river that defines the landscape.
The river has also shaped the terroirs of the region, creating soils perfect for native grapes. Native red grape varieties include the noble Touriga Nacional - the Portuguese variety par excellence - as well as Trincadeira, Castelão, and Aragonês. Fernão Pires and Arinto Vivaz are white grapes that when grown in this region produce some of the most refreshing wines in Portugal. These native varietals thrive in the warm climate and complex soils, and as a result, Tejo wines are able to maintain high natural acidity and typically showcase high natural acidity with rich fruit characteristics.
Some producers in this region also make liqueur and sparkling wines.