Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd post provided to us by GoLisbon on what to see and do while visiting Lisbon. Please go here to see previous posts on What to do for a Night Out or 3 Laid-Back Wine Bars in Lisbon.
You don’t need to go to Porto, or the increasingly famous Douro Valley, to get some of Portugal’s best wines. You can do that in the country’s capital, which also offers an opportunity to discover lesser-known labels from wine regions nearby such as Colares, Azeitão, and Alentejo. When in Lisbon, these are the five wine shops to look for:
- Manuel Tavares Found on a street connecting Rossio and Figueira squares, this gourmet shop dating from 1860 specializes in Portuguese wines. It doesn’t look very big when you step inside, with an interior cluttered with bottles, cheeses, and a variety of regional products, but there’s a wine cellar downstairs which is not always open but that the friendly staff opens for clients especially interested in the wines. Once downstairs the staff essentially gives you a history lesson on the different labels and wine regions, pointing out vintage bottles going for hundreds of euros, to more recent and less expensive choices.
- Napoleão There is more than one Napoleão wine shop in Lisbon but the most central of all is found downtown on Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70. It’s also the most attractive, with Roman ruins visible through a glass floor. The staff is friendly and multilingual, and always prepared to help you choose the right Portuguese wine for any occasion.
- Garrafeira Nacional Offering the best of Portuguese wines in downtown Lisbon since 1927, Garrafiera Nacional has a rustic interior and so many kinds of bottles that it looks like a wine museum. The grand total is over 4,000 Portuguese wines, including ports which the staff can arrange to be shipped anywhere in the world.
- Adivinho Number 24 of Travessa do Almada in downtown Lisbon was where a French couple decided to renovate an 18th century building and open their own wine shop in 2004. Advinho offers labels from all over Portugal which clients can sample in the free tastings or paid seminars. If you end up buying a bottle, it can be shipped abroad.
- Wine O’Clock Opened in 2007, this is the most modern of all Lisbon wine shops and its elegant space is worth the trip uptown to the Amoreiras district where it is found. Wine O’Clock is more than a wine shop, organizing workshops and offering wine-related books, magazines, and films. Also of note is the space with top-quality cigars and the good selection of international wines in addition to the Portuguese labels. [More information on Wine O'Clock, including an interview can be seen here]
For all other shopping options in Lisbon, see the http://www.golisbon.com/shopping/ Go Lisbon shopping guide.