Portugal has been producing wine since the time of the Roman Empire and today produces some of the world’s most celebrated types, most notably fortified ports and Vinho Verde. Here are some must-try wine varietals and tasting experiences in Lisbon.
Some of Portugal’s most distinctive wines come from a region known as Vinho Verde. These low-alcohol wines, mostly white and made from Alvarinho, Loureiro, and Trajadura grapes, are young and vibrant, often with a little spritz, making them a refreshing option for a summer afternoon or accompanied by Lisbon’s succulent seafood. Aside from this, the terraced vineyards along the Douro River famously produce port, Portugal’s iconic fortified dessert wine. Several wine regions in the Lisbon area produce notable wines with Ramisco grapes, while the wineries of the Setubal Peninsula specialize in Castelão grapes, the most planted red grape in Portugal.
- Sip on port and nibble on cheese and pastries during a Lisbon food and wine tour.
- Hone your palate during an hour-long guided port tasting in the Belem district.
- Wine and dine in one of Portugal's many notable wine regions, such as Setubal, Alentejo, Azeitao, or Ribatejo, on a day trip from Lisbon.
- Combine a visit to Arrabida Natural Park with a tasting in an authentic Portuguese winery.