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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.