Vila Nogueira de Azeitão Travel Guide

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Vila Nogueira de Azeitão Things to Do

  • Moscatel de Setubal

    The Moscatel de Setubal is a well known strong, sweet dessert wine. It is described as having flavours of both chocolate and raisins with a dry finish which darkens upon age. Fonseca is the oldest producer of this wine.

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  • Periquita Wine

    One of the Fonseca wines is the Periquita White. This is one of Portugals the oldest table wines. It was also the first wine that Fonseca produced. Described as having a fruity taste, it is usually served with seafood and fish or as an aperitif. There are also Periquita reds which is excellent with cheese and red meats.

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  • Wine Tasting

    At the end of your tour you will be taken into a large room of the Manor House which has a bar and wine shop. There are several bottles of the Fonseca’ wines open for you to try along with platters of various cheese to compliment your tastings.

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  • The Old Dusty Cellars

    If you take the tour you will visit three old cellars which store huge oak and chestnut vats. In the Adega dos Teares Novos and Adega de Mata, you will see where the Periquita is aged. In the third cellar, Adega dos Teares Velhos, you will see the Setubal Moscatels being stored and learn about the process.

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  • Highest Honours

    Jose was honoured by King Pedro V for his achievements when he received the highest medal in Portugal in 1857. He died in 1884 at the age of 80. The winery today still remains a family run business and covers more than 1.000 hectares. They have become the leading producers of a sweet dessert wine known as Moscatel de Setubal.

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  • Fonseca Winery History

    The winery was started in 1850 by Jose Maria da Fonseca. Jose was born in the Dao wine region and moved to this region after graduating in mathematics from Coimbra University. His father, a wealthy tobacco trader bought some land for him and at just 30 years of age, he began his winery business and was to become an innovator in both cultivating his...

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  • The Gardens

    There are walkways with beautiful gardens adorned statues and fountains which take you through a tranquil area of the property.Gardens are open Tues – Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm

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  • History of Fonseca Wines

    As you enter the main reception you will be greeted by your guide and taken through the little museum which shows the history of the winery. Guided tours are available from Mon-Sun 10.00am – 12.15pm and 2.00pm to 5.30pm. You can get tours in English, French, Spanish and of course Portuguese.

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  • Manor House Museum

    The main building of the winery is a 19th century renovated mansion which was the Fonseca family residence. The Museum shows a lot of old paintings as well as the vintage winemaking equipment which was used during the early years of the winery.

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  • Jose Maria Da Fonseca Vinhos

    Right in the middle of town is this well known and respected winery has been in business and run by the family since 1834 making it the oldest company in the country which still produces table wines and of course the Setubal Moscatel wine.

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  • Sao Lourenco Church

    St Laurence Church has very little left of its original Gothic appearance and now appears very plain. Inside the church there are 18th century panels which tell the story of old testament scenes. There are some still of the 16th century. The most appealing part of the main chapel is the altar. There are gold leaf carvings from the 17th century as...

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  • Fountain of Pasmados

    In the main street of Azeitao is the Fountain of Pasmados (Chafariz dos Pasmados) which was constructed between 1764 and 1777 in a baroque style. There is a legend to this fount which states that anyone who drinks from this fountain will be tied to the town forever.

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  • Foot of the Serra da Arrabida

    With its location being at the foot of the Serra da Arrabida, there is a big attraction for cyclists and those who enjoy an energetic walk. The surrounding land around the village is filled with olive groves and cork trees not to mention pinewoods.

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  • Old Village Atmosphere

    Azeitao is a small little village, often not visited as much as the much larger Setubal. There are some wonderful old villas and great architecture in some of the historic buildings. There are also some palaces in the area.

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  • São Domingos' Convent

    This is a dominican convent in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão and it dates back to the 15th century. The convent is located about 200 m from the São Lourenço's Church and it has its own church. Its construction was ordered by King Edward I as he and his wife, Queen Leonor, were deeply devouts of St Dominic. Privately-owned, the convent also has an horse...

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  • Pelourinho

    The Pelourinho was originally located in Vila Fresca de Azeitão and was build in the 17th century. Although, by order of Queen Mary I, it was transferred to Vila Nogueira de Azeitão at the occasion of the town's raising to the status of village by the Queen's royal charter in the 18th century. The Pelourinho's long column is crowned with an...

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  • Sebastião da Gama and Dukes of Aveiro...

    The monument to Sebastião da Gama and the Dukes of Aveiro Palace are located in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão's main square, the Praça da República. Sebastião da Gama was a local poet and Portuguese language teacher; a museum in his honour was open in the village. The Dukes of Aveiro Palace is a majestatic and austere building of the Renaissance, and it...

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  • Pasmados Fountain

    This majestatic fountain is often considered "the" landmark of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão alongside José Maria da Fonseca's building central façade. It stands in its main street near São Lourenço's Church and was build in the 17th century by an urbanist whose name is Agostinho de Faria. The legend says that the fountain became renowned as Pasmados...

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Vila Nogueira de Azeitão Transportation

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    Azeitao is around 25kms south of Lisbon and about 15kms from Setubal. If you are travelling from Lisbon you need to take the A12 enroute to Setubal then follow the signs. Or from Setubal take the N10 west to Azeitao.

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    Favorite thing: On the first Sunday of every month, there is a country fair in Azeitao. Shopping includes, food and clothing as well as household items and furnishings and not forgetting the livestock on sale. This is one of the biggest fairs in the area and caters for the locals as passing tourists with plenty of local handcrafts and reasonable prices. This fair has a history of over 300 years and is held in the new local fairground just on the outer edge of the town.

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