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Lisbon

Formerly known as Estremadura, Lisbon changed its name in 2009 due to the similarity with the Spanish town of the same name. The Lisboa wine region is situated to the northwest of Lisbon, occupying an area of approximately 40km. The climate is subtropical Mediterranean due to Atlantic influence with warm, dry summers and mild winters (though colder in areas farther away from the sea).There are nine Denominations of Origin within the Lisbon wine region, including: Colares, Carcavelos and Bucelas (in the south, near Lisbon); Alenquer, Arruda, Torres Vedras, Lourinhã and Óbidos (in the centre of the region); and Encostas d’Aire (in the north, close to the Beiras region).There are over 30 different grape varieties grown in this region with the best DOC wines produced from red grape varieties such as Castelão, Aragonez (Tinta Roriz), Touriga Nacional, Tinta Miúda and Trincadeira, which are sometimes blended with the Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Franca, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. White wines are usually made from the Arinto, Fernão Pires, Seara-Nova and Vital grape varieties, though Chardonnay is also grown in some areas.