The word "adega" refers to a wine cellars, what we in SA would know as a co-operative winery. As opposed to a wine estate.
The fame and value of Colares wine dates from 1863, when the European vineyards were devastated by phylloxera, a terrible plague that did not hit Colares due to the sandy conditions of the land and the extraordinary way the vines are planted. The vines are planted in sand dunes overlooking the sea. Trenches are dug, sometimes even more than 3mts deep, until it's reach the clay soil. The vine is planted in the soil and over the next 2 years the sand is slowly put back into the hole as the vine grows. This is not how it is done in SA However, it did save the vines from phylloxera and at some stage they were the only remaining vines on the continent, now claiming to be the oldest in Europe. I have since heard there was also a spot in Corsica that survived the bug.
For a picture I used a technique I last used in the film days - a photomerge! The main pic is of the tasting room of Colares with a view of the cellar vats merge into that. There is also a picture of a gift box of Colares wine merged in.
Colares is on the way to the west coast from Sintra.