If you want to try some of the world’s best wine, look no further! Get a glimpse into Portuguese winemaking at our favorite Lisbon wineries.
It’s no secret that Portugal contains some of the top wine-producing regions in the world. Porto and the Duoro Valley may be particularly well known, but the country’s enological splendors aren’t limited to these areas. If you’re in the capital and want to discover what all the hype is about, check out the best Lisbon wineries—and prepare to be amazed.
The top 5 Lisbon wineries to visit
As you might expect, the best Lisbon wineries aren’t exactly in the city, but right outside of it. The coastal regions surrounding Portugal’s capital boast a unique climate and geography. These conditions give rise to one-of-a-kind wines that reflect the local environment.
A day trip to any of these wineries isn’t just a chance to taste one of the country’s biggest exports; it’s also an excuse to escape from the city and experience the stunning nature nearby. What better way to appreciate the natural, cultural and culinary wonders of Portugal than with a glass of wine in hand?
1. Adega Regional de Colares
Colares is the name of the coastal area west of Lisbon, which happens to be Europe’s westernmost wine region. It’s also the most prestigious Portuguese wine appellation, due in large part to its scarcity. The Adega Regional de Colares is the country’s oldest cooperative winery, uniting most of the local producers.
This place promises plenty of atmospheric beauty, from its grand 19th-century building to the misty air and strong winds blowing in from the Atlantic. Try the Ramisco red, known for its extensive aging and acidity, or the prized Malvasia whites. A tour here will not disappoint—just make sure you book in advance!
2. Quinta dos Loridos
This magnificent estate is just an hour’s drive north of Lisbon. It’s owned by Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal: one of the country’s biggest wine companies. Although they offer a wide range of wines, at Quinta dos Loridos the focus is on espumantes: sparkling whites made from Alvarinho grapes.
The estate is also home to Buddha Eden, a massive sculpture garden that features hundreds of terra-cotta soldiers, buddha statues, pagodas and lakes. Believe it or not, admission to this tranquil paradise—including a wine tasting, naturally—will only set you back a few euros.
3. José Maria da Fonseca
José Maria da Fonseca is among the most prestigious Lisbon wineries, and for good reason. It’s been operating since 1834 in the town of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, across the Tagus river in Setúbal. Its mainstays are the sweet Moscatels and Periquita reds, some of which are more than a century old.
The wines are kept in the Adega da Mata and Adega dos Teares Novos wine cellars, beneath the Casa Museu (house-museum). Each tour of this 19th-century structure, with its iconic facade and gorgeous gardens, culminates with a trip to the cellars and a tasting of their treasures.
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4. Adega Mãe
If you’ve seen enough 19th-century architecture for the moment, check out Adega Mãe. This modern and innovative architectural project houses a winery that looks out over acres of vineyards. Its mission is to express the unique essence of the Lisbon area in each and every bottle.
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This Lisbon winery offers a unique take on Portuguese wine tourism, with packages that include multi-course brunches and private dinners. A standard tour includes visits to the lab, fermentation tanks, aging areas and more, and finishes off with a tasting. You can choose a selection of samples based on your preferences, or try them all—why not?
5. Quinta do Gradil
Located in the foothills of the Montejunto mountains, Quinta do Gradil is a stunning country estate. It also features a wine shop and restaurant in addition to the winery itself. Its claim to fame? It once belonged to the family of the Marquis de Pombal (a national hero)!
A tour here begins at the vineyards, continues to the cellar and finishes at the tasting room. Make sure you try the award-winning Mula Velha wines, only available in Portugal. You can also enjoy harvest events and horse rides, or visit the chapel and aqueduct—there’s something here for everyone.
Melissa first moved to Madrid to explore her interests in linguistics and communication, and quickly fell in love with the city’s culture and cuisine. She’s particularly passionate about Spanish vermouth and canned seafood, and makes it a point to drench absolutely everything in olive oil.