Port Wine Tasting Experiences in Lisbon


 

Like most countries in Europe, Portugal is a big producer of their own wines. Port wines to be exact.

A Port wine is a big player in the pride and heritage of the people of Portugal. It is the only place in the world where this specific form of wine is produced, and has become one of the countries biggest exports as a result.

Port wine – by Stefan Grage – Unsplash

Port wine is made in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It’s an incredibly sweet and heavy wine that is usually served after a meal as a or during a dessert. Once you’ve tasted it for yourself, you’ll understand why one doesn’t really spit Port wine throughout a meal.

To sample and learn about this wine making process during your time in Lisbon there are a few places you can head to. These are the wine tasting experiences I personally found most enjoyable.

Lisbon Winery in Lisbon

Bairro Alto is a hub for food and beverage consumption in Lisbon, and thus wine tasting experiences are also common around these streets. There are a number of wine tasting places close to the Lisbon Winery that aren’t as expensive as this one, but this is the best place for those interested in Port wines specifically.

The knowledge and passion of the winemakers at Lisbon Winery are unparalleled. You’re tasting experience will include a number of Port wines from the north, paired strategically with cheese, meat and bread plates as appetizers.

The winery is an ancient building in the Bairro Alto district, most of the action takes place in the underground cellars.

A wine tasting experience, including food, will set you back around €65 per person at the Lisbon Winery. Booking is essential, especially for large groups.

The winery usually opens between 3pm and 10pm, however if you are with a large tour group or birthday gathering then you can call and arrange alternate, private opening times for your party to have their experience.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 3pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: R. da Barroca 13, 1200-047 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Viniportugal – Wines of Portugal Tasting Room in Lisbon

In a welcome twist of events, the Viniportugal wine tasting room offers Portuguese wine tastings, including Port, to visitors absolutely free.

This spacious wine tasting space is situated right on the shores of the Tagus in the far south of the Alfama. It is a space dedicated to education travelers to Lisbon on the history and locations of Portuguese wines, as well as providing them with the opportunity to taste up to four wines per sitting.

Viniportugal – by Viniportugal – Sourced from their Facebook

Visitors are under no obligation to purchase anything following their wine tasting experience and donations are not required.

The tastings run in timed sessions. You can find each session start and end time outside the winery doors upon arrival. On quiet days and early mornings the staff will sometimes take individuals or small groups in for impromptu private tastings.

You can visit the Viniportugal website for more information.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 7pm
ADDRESS: Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Terreiro do Paço

Quinta do Gradil near Lisbon

You’ll ahem ample opportunity for wine tasting in Lisbon’s city center, but these experiences are a lot more authentic when one takes the time to venture out to an actual wine farm.

The Quinta do Gradil is a historic, family run wine farm about an hour north of Lisbon. You can reach it by car or taxi, and it makes for a wonderful day trip especially in the summer.

Quinta do Gradil near Lisbon – by Quinta do Gradil – Sourced from their website

The farm are one of the most signifiant producers of Portuguese wines in this part of the country. Aside from offering their vineyard as a wedding venue, they also curate unique day trip around wines where visitors will engage in extensive tastings, educational session, a tour of the vineyards, bread making workshops and a formal sit down dinner to end the day (paired with all the best wines, of course).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday – 10am to 6pm
ADDRESS: Estrada Nacional 115, Vilar, 2550-073 Cadaval, Portugal
Only Reachable by Car

Wine Bar do Castelo in Lisbon

If you’ve had a day of cultural experiences in Lisbon, such as touring of historic landmarks or a free guided walking tour within the city center, then a sit down wine tasting experience in a casual environment is a great way to close out.

Wine Bar do Castelo lies just slightly north of Bairro Alto. It’s a very laid back little wine bar that offers patrons the option of wine tasting with one of their trained staff, or simply kicking back and drinking & eating to one’s hearts content.

If you opt to wine taste, you’ll be taken on a passionate journey of Portuguese wines for roughly two hours, with a lot of snacking and conversation in between.

Wine Bar do Castelo in Lisbon – by Wine Bar do Castelo – Uploaded by them

The bar has over 150 different Portuguese wines on offer at any given time. You’ll simply described your personal palette preference to your server who will curate a tasting menu from there. The food menu is a compilation of tapas dishes.

Here you are charged per wine, and it is up to to you how much or how little you spend during the experience.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 6pm to 1am
ADDRESS: R. Bartolomeu de Gusmão 11, 1100-509 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

By the Wine in Lisbon

Heading south of Bairro Alto, still in the city center, By the Wine is a well know tourist spot in Lisbon due to the famous arched ceiling that is made out of thousands of discarded wine bottles.

It’s a trendy wine bar through and through. They offer Port wine tasting to anyone who is interested, with the opportunity to purchase the wine following your tasting at a reasonable price.

By the Wine – by By the Wine – Uploaded by them

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They also have a full Portuguese menu, so the space is very much an equal mix of wine tasters, bar drinkers and full dinner diners.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Rua das Flores 41 43, 1200-193 Lisboa, Portugal
Train STATION: Cais do Sodre