Cistercians monks started producing wine in the Bombarral region in 1153. The Bombarral wine fair, which takes place in early August, celebrates this ancient wine-making tradition.
You’ll find few tourists there. It is an event designed for the locals, which makes it a lot more fun. You can buy a glass for a nominal amount (about 3 Euros) and use it to try the wines of many producers, including one of our favorites, Quinta do Sanguinhal.
You can meet the famous D. Amélia, maker of an incredible pear cake and many other delicacies. And eat outdoors underneath the foliage of ancient oak trees at the Zélia restaurant stand. They serve an astonishing grilled rabbit and a lot of other great fare. Mark your calendars!
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Missed this festival by one day leaving friends who stayed and said it was an excellent eveninig with great wines to try. Will definitely mark the diary for next year. If anyone can inform me of the date of the 2012 festival please let me know.
The exact dates are usually announced only one month in advance; we will post them when we get the information.
This year the festival is held from August the 8th till the 12th (Source: http://www.cm-bombarral.pt/Events/PesquisaEventos.aspx?uid=110d7504-00d1-40f3-9558-e68d71410bb2&cat=0&d=10-04-2012)
Thanks for the update!