Portugal has been making wine for centuries, and you will have a lot of opportunities to drink good wine at a fair price, so I give you a quick guide to wine bars, wine tours, and wine tastings in Lisbon.
Lisbon’s wine bars
By the Wine
Rua das Flores 41
Hours: 7pm – 11pm everyday
José Maria De Fonseca’s By the Wine flagship store is located in the Chiado neighborhood. The Fonsecas have been in the wine business for more than 200 years and are known for their Setubal Muscatels. Also, they own the Piriquita label.
The vaulted ceiling is made out of more than 3000 wine bottles. Snacking options include cheese boards and prego, which is a type of Portuguese meat sandwich.
Use this link to reserve a wine tasting. https://www.winetourismportugal.com/en/catalogue/wine-experiences/wine-tours-tasting/by-the-wine-jose-maria-da-fonseca/
Rua Cais do Tojo 28
Metro: Cais de Sodré station (near Time Out market)
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Open and airy deli / wine bar / grocery store with excellent petiscos. Known for their pastrami sandwiches. Comida Independente brings in wine producers to host tastings, often from smaller, local wineries.
Vestigius Wine Bar
Cais do Sodré 8, Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, s/n Armazém, A17
Metro: Cais do Sodré
Hours: 11:30 am – 10 pm, Closed Wednesdays
Vestigius has fun and innovative decor, but the best tables are on the terrace overlooking the river. Guest reviews say that the service may be slow at times, but the views are unparalleled.
Rua do Telhal 59
Hours: Weekdays Noon – 3pm and 7pm – 10:30pm, Saturdays 7pm – 10:30, Closed Sundays
Sommelier combines fine dining and fine wines. They serve more than 80 wines by the glass. Located off of Avenida da Liberdade.
O Bar da Odete
Rua do Jardim do Regedor 47B (Next to Restauradores metro station)
Hours: 10:00am – midnight everyday
This place features the diversity of Portuguese wines. You can find wines from three euros a glass to 35 euros a glass. They feature one special every month, usually a limited vintage or a rare grape. They also have a shop at the Time Out Market.
Calçada do Forte 56
Hours: 12 pm – 12 am Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday 7pm – midnight, Closed Mondays.
Located in Alfama. A good place to see a Fado performance. Wine choices may be limited. Outdoor seating.
Three locations: Rua de Santa Justa 18, Rua de Conceição 20, Avenida 24 de Julho 49 (Time Out Market)
Metro: Rossio or Cais do Sodré for Time Out Market
Hours: Santa Justa Store Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm, Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Closed Sunday, The other two stores are open from 10 am until 7 pm, Monday – Saturday. All closed on Sunday.
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The National Bottleshop has a massive stock of wine and liquor. They also have a fascinating collection of older vintages.
Rua General Taborda 91
Hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – 8pm, Friday 1pm – 8pm
Check their website under events to see when they have wine tastings. Os Goliardos – European Terroir Wines
Rua do Diário das Notícias 125
Metro: Ascenscor da Glória (Near Restauradores metro station)
Hours: TEMPORARILY CLOSED / FECHADO
O Artis Wine Bar
Rua do Diário das Notícias 95
Metro: Ascenscor da Glória (Near Restauradores metro station)
Hours: 4:00pm – 10:30pm everday except Monday. Closed Mondays.
Accepts cash only.
A casual and comfortable atmosphere for enjoying jazz, and Portuguese wines, and petiscos. They offer around fifty Portuguese wines. Sausage grilled at the table (Chouriço Assado), patatas bravas, octopus, and shrimp are all well-recommended.
Agulha no Palheiro
Rua do Jardim do Tabaco 5,
Metro: N/A .04 mile from Castelo de São Jorge
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday – Sunday they are open from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, and from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
This is place is not a wine bar. What it is, is one of Lisbon’s top restaurants that also has an excellent wine selection. You can pair your wine with “The world’s worst chocolate cake!”
Rua Fradesso da Silveira 45
Buses 714 and 727 stop at Largo do Calvário. So do Trams 15E and 18E. The store is a short walk from there.
A wine store in the Alcântara neighborhood, located near the 25 of April Bridge (for more information on Lisbon’s bridges, read my article A guide to Lisbon’s most famous bridges The store, which carries more than 1500 wines and a variety of Portuguese sausages and cheeses, is also very close to the LX Factory. Read my Is the LX Factory worth visiting?
Rua Pedras Negras 35
Metro: No. Near Sé Cathedral and Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 8 pm. Closed Sundays.
Deli store & Winebar serving meals. Specializing in natural, biodynamic, organic products, and quality cuts of meat. They offer a 3-plate tasting menu at lunch for €19. Individual plates can be ordered separately in the range of €6 – €8. The menu changes frequently.
Vino Vero Wine Bar
Travessa do Monte, 30
Metro: N/A Located in the Graça neighborhood
Hours: 12:30 pm-midnight, Everyday
Italians Giulia Capaccioli and Massimiliano Bartoli already owned Vino Vero in Venice, and in 2018 they moved to Lisbon and opened a second Vino Vero, where they serve their favorite Italian and Portuguese wines. Along with Chef João Baião, they specialize in local organic food and natural wine.
Where to find Lisbon’s wine bars
Lisbon’s wine tours
Lisbon small-group Portuguese food and wine tour
Viator offers an approximately three-hour food and wine tour in Lisbon.
The cost is $54 per person. You will try codfish cake, cheese, marmalade, sausage, local bread, as well as a glass of Port wine, Ginja liquor, a local red and green wine, and a beer.
The tour is limited to 15 people.
The tour departs from Rossio Square at 4:30.
The tour is not wheelchair accessible and will involve walking.
Vegetarian options are available if you inform at the time of booking.
Two-hour Lisbon sunset and wine sailing tour
After you board your sailboat in Belém, you will be treated to views of the Belém Tower, Ajuda National Palace, Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge), and more.
Sip local wines as you watch the sunset.
The boat is stroller accessible, but not wheelchair accessible.
Meet at Avendia Brasilia 1400 (Belém neighborhood).
The cost is $43 per person. Maximum of 12 passengers on board.
The tour is operated by Viator and Rent-a-Boat.
For more options on sunset tours and party boats, see my article, Old and new friends on Lisbon’s Booze cruises and party boats
Lisbon’s wine tastings
Alentejo Wine Route tasting room
Located in the town of Évora, which itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alentejo Wine Route producers offer a daily tasting for 5 euros in their visitor center.
Évora is roughly one hour and ten minutes southeast from Lisbon. Take the IP1 and the E90 toll roads.
You must sign up for the tasting in advance, as occupancy is limited to five visitors at a time.
Along the way to Évora, you also have the opportunity to stop in at four or five vineyards.
Herdade da Ajuda Nova Vineyard
7090 – 999 Vendas Novas, Portugal
This 400-hectare vineyard produces 800,000 liters of wine per year. Vistors are welcome. Set up a tasting in advance.
Herdade do Menir / Vinhos Barão Rodrigues
The Herdade do Menir Estate and brand of Alentejo was purchased by the winemaking Barão Rodrigues family of Algarve in 1990.
They upgraded the estate and invented new brands – Barão Rodrigues Reserva Red and White wine.
Today their current production is 490,000 liters of wine per year.
Open for visits and tastings Monday through Friday. Advanced booking is suggested.
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Quinta da Plansel
This family-owned vineyard has been in existence for 35 years.
They produce 350,000 liters of wine per year, 80% of which is red.
The winery’s main labels are Marquês de Montemor, Plansel Selecta, Dorina Lindemann and Family Estate.
In 2001, Quinta da Plansel launched one of the first mono varietals wines, a 100% Touriga Nacional, onto the market.
Visitors are welcome Monday – Friday 8 am -noon and 1 pm – 7 pm. Weekend visits should be scheduled in advance.
Plansel International Wine School – WSET Certification
If you are interested in working in the wine industry or simply want to learn more about wine, you can take courses at Plansel Wine School and obtain WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) credentials which may be helpful in finding employment.
The level 1 WSET course is eight hours.
Lunch is served, and learning about wine pairing during lunch is part of the curriculum.
Other topics included are:
- Current wine world
- The main types and styles of wine
- Common wine grapes and their characteristic
- The basic principles of food and wine pairing (with practical exercises during the lunch)
- How to store and serve wine
- Create simple tasting notes
This course is 255 euros and is only offered on certain dates.
The level 1 course can also be done online.
The level 2 course is a 3-day course, and both lunch and dinner are served. The level 2 course is 660 euros.
The two courses can also be combined into a four-day course for 860 euros, including lunch and dinner.
For more information on the Plansel International Wine School Plansel Wine School (plansel-wine-school.com) WSET offers four levels of courses in all.
Herdade das Cortiçadas
Very close to Évora and overlooking a cork forest, this vineyard is surrounded by Portuguese culture and history.
The winery itself is a unique combination of traditional tools and methods of grape cultivation and twenty-first-century methods.
They are producers of Cortiçadas, Monte das Cortiçadas, Porta D’Aviz (a PGI wine), Dyonisius (a PDO wine), Colinas d’Évora DOC and Herdade das Cortiçadas Family Reserve.
You can do a tasting, or they can put you to work as a winemaker (adegueiro) for a day – an experience in which you will surely learn quite a bit about grapes or wine production. Cork Landwood – Évora · Wines · Events (herdadedascorticadas.com)
These are just the first wineries you will encounter on the road from Lisbon to Évora.
There are another 39 wineries within an hour’s drive of the town of Évora.
You could always base yourself in this historical town and spend a few days becoming an expert on Alentejo wines.
Trafaria com Prova
Hopefully, this event will be making a post-covid comeback in early June of 2022.
The festival is put on by the Almada Town Council, at the Trafaria Riverwalk on the south side of the Tejo river, across from Lisbon.
Previous events were the first week of June.
ViniPortugal – Wine Tasting Room of Portugal in Lisbon / Sala Ovigal de Lisboa
Terreiro do Paço 1100-148, Lisbon
This wine-tasting room located at Praça do Comércio offers more than 1000 wines to try from all regions of the country. Open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Vinho ao Vivo Terroir Wine Festival
A two-day wine festival along the Tejo River in Belém.
The festival is organized by wine cellar Os Galiardos and Restaurante Á Margem.
Vinho ao Vivo combines live Jazz, classic, and world music with artisanal wines.
Thirty-five producers offer wines for tasting and purchase. This event is normally in July.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance for a great discount. https://goliardos.bol.pt/
If you are into wine, you are in luck in Portugal.
You can find wine by the glass for the same price as a bottle of water in many of Lisbon’s restaurants.
Nearly every restaurant has a house wine.
But then you will also find other restaurants where the wine is the main feature – where care has been put into producing it artisanally – naturally or organically, and careful thought has been put into pairing the wine with local petiscos.
The staff of these bars enjoys educating the customer about local wines and traditions.
You also have the opportunity to do a short road trip and visit so many wineries near Lisbon. For more information, see my article, 18 wineries and vineyards you can visit near Lisbon, Portugal
And of course, there is port – which comes from the Douro Valley near Porto – a few hours away, which is also worth checking out.
And depending on when you visit Lisbon, there may also be a tasting going on at one of the bottleshops, or maybe even a wine festival.
Lisbon is also known for its fantastic, fresh seafood. If you want to learn more, see my article Finding the best seafood in Lisbon
Know that I am not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned in this article. Thank you for reading!