We love Portuguese wine, wine districts and wine culture. It’s production and consumption are as inherent of the Portuguese society as it is of the French.
Currently Portugal is starting to gain more & more international attention for its wines and this we are very pleased about as Portuguese wines are both unique, diverse and excellent and no wine lover should skip the opportunity to get to know them and Go on at least one discovery of Portuguese wines on their trip to Portugal!
Some wines are already known obviously the fortified Port wines are known worldwide followed by the related Douro wines, the Alentejo wines and the Northern Vinho Verde wines but Lisbon is surrounded by wines districts and has its own production of excellent examples, wine bars and wine producers where one can get to know some of the best.
Just above Lisbon starts the Tagus valley and few know that this area is considered the home of the first vineyards in Iberia, planted around 2000bc by the Tartessians who inhabited Spain during this period. The Tejo region, still an important wine producing area of Portugal consists of large flat valley that receive much rain during the winter months making the grapes very suitable for large production table wines but on the drier slopes surrounding the river some very distinctive wines of quality are also being produced.
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Closer to Lisbon at roughly 30km is a place set on the west coast slopes that produces a magical grape. It is the area of Colares close to the UNESCO heritage town of Sintra. why magical? For one the area is so beautiful it could take your breath away, Sintra set in the higher hills is the former home of many former kings and Portuguese royalty and its high amount of magical palaces made it world heritage visited by many on their discoveries of Portugal. But this is not the main reason for its magic, it is actually the grape used to produce the wine which is the only original European grape left after the phylloxera louse wiped out all European vines. The Colares Ramisco grape grabbed its roots deep in the sandy Colares soils and was spared because of it.
Read more about it and meet the wine producer
Alentejo and Setubal are 2 wine districts close to Lisbon both with many very worthwhile wines, soon we will be informing you about the best options, history and their own unique personalities.
Go Discover the wonderful Sesimbra wines combined with a perfect day or half day jeep safari of the Arrabida natural park, you will be collected at your accommodation in Lisbon!
The Arrabida natural park is just 30km from Lisbon and set on the wonderful Sesimbra coast. Its most prominent wine producer is the Quinta Jose Maria da Fonseca and a tour to this wonderful place including a wine tasting should not be missed! Read more about the tours >>
Wine tasting Lisbon & wine tasting tours
In Lisbon you will find many wine tasting venues, wine bars and the possibility to take tours, our favourite wine tasting sessions are at the wine farms or producers location where you will get the real feel of the Portuguese wine culture, get to know the producers, visit their estates and in many cases even lunch at one of the spots.
From Lisbon we organize with the best providers wine tasting days and events that include transport and guarantee many memorable moments, memorable wines and relaxing times in the beautiful landscapes that surround the city.
Wine tasting days can be done in one spot or at more than depending on time availability, budget and distance. Let us compose for you your perfect day!
Would you like a 2.5 hour wine tasting session in the city? contact us as we will organize it for you according to your wishes!