Lisbon Wine Tasting

The Lisbon wine region has recently changed its identity from Estremadura to "Lisboa".  The region is a coastal strip about 25km wide, beginning on the north edge of the city, and extends north about 125km to the town of Pombal.  The climate is moderated by oceanic influence with a "Mesoclimate" quite similar to the Napa Valley of California and Bordeaux.  The soils are predominantly granitic with high magnesium content near the coast, and calcarious with high lime content on the hilly inland edge of the region.

Lisboa is known for some rare DOC wines, such as Colares and Bucelas.  The designation "Regional Lisboa" is fast becoming world renown for its red wines made from Aragones (Tempranillo) and the Portuguese noble variety Touring Nacional.  Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon have made their debut and continue to gain footprint in the region.

Besides great wine, visitors to Lisbon can enjoy fine resorts, such as Praia del Rei, Peniche, Foz do Arelho, Sao Martinho do Porto and Nazare, - along with a multitude of historical UNESCO sites beginning with Sintra's Pena Palace on the environs of Lisbon.  Continue north about 50km to eighth century Obidos, and on to the Monasteries of Alcobaca and Batalha. 

Wine tasting is available in Lisbon's fine restaurants, and wine bars, with Tapas and Meze.  Vineyard and winery tours are available from specialized touring companies based in Lisbon.

For information on wine tasting and vineyard tours, contact the Lisbon Tourist office, on 23 Rua do Arsenal (Opens at 10:00am).  +351 210 312 700.











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