Unconventional and free-spirited Bairro Alto isn’t all dive bars and crowded restaurants. It has its fair share of sophisticated wine tasting spots, too. Here are the best places to sit back and appreciate the different Portuguese wines in one of Lisbon’s most loved neighborhoods.
As its name suggests, Grapes & Bites is all about wine and food (especially Portuguese appetizers called petiscos). Choose the flavors for your palate from around 1000 different wines in a renovated 18th-century building where carriages were once held. Visitors will know that this is an excellent choice from the moment they walk in, between the wine bottles that fill the walls and the wine barrels that act as tables. Grapes & Bites is also one of the venues in Bairro Alto that offers live music, so patrons can relax with an aromatic glass while losing themselves to tunes.
View this post on Instagram
Second wine in this delicious wine experience is a blend of Cabernet and Touriga Nacional paired with Portuguese chorizo 😍 #quintadecidro #wine #vinho #vino #cabernetsauvignon #touriganacional #grapesandbites #lisboa #winetime #travels #tastingtheworld #chorizo #redwine #portugal #grammasters3 #mywineaffairs #ExtraordinaryExplorer
Sometimes, a glass of wine is just what the doctor ordered. Upon entering The Old Pharmacy, there will be no mistaking that this spot was, in fact, a pharmacy once upon a time. The décor alone will help provide a different kind of experience from other wine bars, and the white walls and colorful accents keep this venue light and bright. Though the owners are not Portuguese, the wines and treats all are, and patrons can expect an enjoyable selection of drinks and food at The Old Pharmacy as they would at any of the other bars.
For an authentic wine tasting experience, the Lisbon Winery is a no brainer. They specialize in popular and high-quality wines, as well as a small yet full menu that spans Portuguese artisanal cheeses, gourmet pork sausages, ham, and homemade jams. Over 200 wines are on the menu, which cost around €4 on the low end and go up in price depending on the wine. Tastings at the higher rate include a sampling of five premium wines or Port wines for €65 per person, and the Lisbon Winery offers a tasting of three extra virgin olive oil styles for €3 as a special touch.
Call Francisco, the man in charge at Venha Vinho, and learn all about Portuguese wines from the Verde region, Alentejo, Tejo, Lisbon, Dão, Bairrada, and Douro (among others). Choose between sampling three or five wines with someone special, or organize an entire wine tasting party with a group of family and friends. Depending on which experience is chosen, a tasting can last between 60 to 120 minutes. Venha Vinho also offers wine classes and week-long regional wine tours, but for a simple day visit in Lisbon, this venue has received raving reviews.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.