Portugal is an integral part of who we are here at inGamba. It’s the birthplace of our founder, João Correia, and we think that it’s home to some of the most spectacular, and underrated, cycling terrain in Europe. So when we discovered São Lourenço do Barrocal, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, we knew we had to share it.
Barrocal has been in Jose Uva’s family for over 200 years and is nestled in amongst the vast miles of oak trees, olive orchards and vineyards of the Alentejo, the country’s sparsely populated, agrarian southern region known as Portugal’s breadbasket. It’s famous for rich, uncomplicated cooking and for its salt cod, sheep’s cheese, black pork, olive oils, mushrooms – and its wine. The region makes almost half of Portugal’s total, and in some neat synergy, it’s also the largest producer of cork in the world.
With a rich history dating back to the Phoenicians, Alentejo is an architectural and cultural treasure trove, unlike anywhere else in Europe. The riding here is all about empty roads, rolling hills and seemingly endless panoramas. So you can look forward to being surrounded by as gorgeous a landscape as you’ll ever see. To delving into a gastronomic wonderland. To discovering a home to passionate and talented winemakers, and a place that’s almost completely unknown to the outside world. In other words, look forward to the perfect introduction to inGamba.