Due to its key location, the hilltop town of Monsaraz has always had an important place in the region’s history. Seized from the Moors in 1167 by Gerald the Fearless, Monsaraz fell into Moorish hands once more after king Dom Afonso Henrique’s defeat at Badajoz. In 1232, Dom Sancho II reconquered it for good with the help of the Knights Templar, to whom he later handed it over. With its narrow streets and whitewashed houses, the town seems frozen in time, and boasts stunning views over the Alqueva reservoir and the rolling Alentejo plains, with their vines and olive groves. A memorable part of our Wine & Monsaraz tour.