The Talha wine, a patrimonial heritage, plays a central role in the daily life of Amareleja and its identity. It is part, not only of the history and heritage of the Roman presence in the land for more than two thousand years, but an integral part of the culture and social life of the population of Alentejo, especially in the local tradition of the Amareleja, Vidigueira, Cuba and Vila de Frades.
Territory of small producers in small plots, wine is produced here by everyone (usually as a family), in talhas (amphora), mainly for their own consumption, socializing and exchange of experiences, in a spirit of healthy competition.
Over the years, the techniques of winemaking in clay pots have been passed down from generation to generation, varying slightly depending on local tradition. Added to the different blend of grape varieties and talhas used, this gives the wine a unique richness and diversity.
On St. Martin’s Day (11th November), the opening of the talhas is celebrated and the wine is shared and tasted by friends and family.
During the rest of the year (as long as the talha wine lasts) remains the tradition of “copinho” (i.e. “little glass”), where every day, before lunch and dinner, these wines are drank throughout all of the taverns of Amareleja as well as in the houses of producers as a way of gathering friends.