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From opposite left: The UNESCO World Heritage city of Évora and its Enoteca Cartuxa wine bar, classic Portuguese
tilework, and the road into São Lourenço do Barrocal.

register this scene with deep satisfaction - and, perhaps, astonishment. For consider where you are: The Alentejo, a Belgium-size
swath of land a short drive from Lisbon, has long been one of Portugal's poorest regions. The parched landscape, dotted with medieval
castles and forts meant to repel Spanish invasions, covers about a
third of the country, but holds only seven percent of its population.
Traveling here feels like traveling back in time 40 or 50 years.
What's so surprising is that you'd never expect to find a new
wave of design-conscious hotels on these sun-drenched plains - or
in-the-know travelers seeking them out as stylish getaways. But,
accessed via the super-speedy A6 highway from Lisbon, the Alentejo
transports you to a dreamy, ancient world that's long on allure,
short on crowds, and delightfully affordable.

TRAVELERS OFTEN OVERLOOK PORTUGAL
in favor of France, Italy, or Spain, but I can't remember the last time

I've been so disarmed by a country. Land in Lisbon, spend a day
or two exploring the capital, then sail across the Vasco da Gama
Bridge - the longest in Europe, stretching more than ten miles
across the Tagus River - and without warning you're flung into a
countryside so deep and silent, it almost demands you decelerate.
My husband and I recently joined a Backroads bike trip through the
Alentejo, pedaling for six days through expansive cork forests (Portugal exports 63 percent of the world's cork), soft rolling hills, and
vineyards. Occasionally a small town would appear, or a farmhouse,
its white walls outlined in bright-blue trim. Riding down empty
roads past faded-green olive trees, black pigs munching lazily on
acorns, then rows and rows of grapevines, we learned that the Alentejo is rapidly becoming one of the world's top wine destinations.
Its rich and fruity reds - mainly syrahs, cabs, and trincadeira
blends - are gaining popularity. We also discovered a host of fantastic, newly launched wine-estate hotels. The first, set in peaceful

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018

Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Reports
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Interview
Bottle Service
On the Table
Dossier
In My Bag
Where Next
No Hurry at All
A Mediterranean Postcard
Faster, Bigger, Smarter, Bolder
Out & About
Local Culture
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Intro
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Cover2
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Contents
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 11
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 12
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 13
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Editor’s Note
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 16
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 17
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Contributors
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 19
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 20
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 21
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Virtuoso Reports
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Passport
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Suite Talk
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 53
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 55
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Inspired By
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 57
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 58
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - City to Go
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Interview
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 68
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Bottle Service
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 71
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 78
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 79
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Dossier
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 81
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - In My Bag
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 83
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 84
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 85
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Where Next
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 87
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 96
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 97
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - No Hurry at All
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 99
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 100
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 101
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 107
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - A Mediterranean Postcard
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 109
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 110
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 111
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 118
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Faster, Bigger, Smarter, Bolder
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 120
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 127
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Out & About
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 133
Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Local Culture
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Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - Souvenir
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