Lisbon wine tasting & tours: ‘Venha Vinho’ in Bairro Alto, free tasting & Francisco, the ‘wine dreamer’

Wine lovers! If you are visiting Lisbon: the Portuguese wines are delicious and besides they are affordable. We enjoyed an evening of wine tasting in the shop of Francisco, ‘wine dreamer’, as he describes himself 😉

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Lisbon wine shop Venha Vinho (‘litt. come wine’) & owner Francisco Franco Afonso

Free wine tasting evenings & shop ‘Venha Vinho’ in Bairro Alto Lisbon

The idea: all participants buy a bottle of wine. In the tasting room of the small but cozy wine shop the selection of wines are shared and tasted, while Francisco shares his passion for wine. We learned about Portugal’s different wine regions, styles, characteristics & much more…….

February 2015: tasting room of Francisco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Bairro Alto, Lisbon: wine lovers Ans & Loek from Holland, family Deauville from Australia & Miguel (Portuguese).

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Most participants (a mix of people visiting Lisbon and a few ‘Lisboetas’/ inhabitants) did not know eachother but the atmosphere soon became informal; after some sips of wine we began to loosen up 😉

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Wine tasting evening in Francisco’s wine shop in Lisbon & my choice: Monte Velho

Monte Velho (‘old hill’) wines : affordable priced in Lisbon

“Monte Velho wines are faithful to the spirit and tradition of Portugal’s warm, sunny Alentejo region: food-friendly and vibrant, with rich aromas and a smooth palate”  Very well written!  Price in Lisbon € 4- 7. Also recommended:

Terras do Pó  (litt. land of dust, Setúbal Peninsula, close to Lisbon) and Periquita (litt. a female parakeet) 🙂

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Francisco Franco Afonso & one of his favorite wines

One of Francisco’s favorite wines: Dona Paterna Alvarinho 2013 (Vinho Verde, famous green wine). Francisco: ” Portugal is a haven for unique authentic wines from more than 250 indigenous grape varieties. Portugal wineries, estates and domains (‘Quintas’ and ‘herdades’) are beautiful and hospitable”

Popular Hen & Stag Party’s

“We also host Wine & Port Tours , Hen party’s, ‘Food and Wine Walking Tours’ including a walk to the nearby legendary Lisbon market Mercado da Ribeira 

Francisco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Bairro Alto, Lisbon. Wine tasting evening & real corks

Save a tree – buy wine with natural cork

Buying wine with real corks helps preserve the cork forests of Portugal and the wider western Mediterranean which are, it turns out, ecological marvels.

Vimeo movie about the amazing cork oaks & and why to avoid synthetic corks

Unique cork oaks in Portugal: fortunately they are protected

What’s unique about cork is that the thick bark can be harvested from the trees without cutting them down. A skilled crew hacks the bark off with axes. If done right, it grows back. Amazing! Read more….

Wine tasting evening Venho Vinho Bairro Alto Lisbon participant

Francesco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Lisbon & wine lover lady Dorville from Australia

BOOKINGS Francisco +351 912 152 086.  Website VenhaVinho
email: ffa@VenhaVinho.com
Location: Travessa da Bica Grande, 4A, Bairro Alto Lisbon, Portugal, near Lisbon’s most photographed street, the Bica funicular

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Map of Portuguese wine history & regions . Already in 1758, one of the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created.

The Napoleão wine shops in Lisbon, Ginja, Ramos Pinto, the magic of vintage Port & free shipping

Vintage port is made only in exceptional years, must be bottled within 2 years of the harvest date and be 100 % wine from that harvest.

The magic of Vintage Port is different in every phase: as a young wine its captures the useful fruit characters, then after 20 years or more the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally, after many decades the spirit dominates the wine. Vintage Port is amazing in all the three phases. A sua Saúde (to your health) !

Port Ramos Pinto Lisbon Napoleao

Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

Famous poster: ‘the kiss’. As the couple leans together for a kiss, playful cupid offers them a glass of Ramos Pinto Port instead. ‘The kiss’ is one of the most recognized wine posters in the world. Founder of this Port House, Adriano Ramos Pinto, strongly believed in promotion both in Portugal and his primary market, Brazil. He backed his product with well-planned sales drive based on artistic advertisements.

Lisbon Napoleão shop Port Vintage & Ramos Pinto

Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

The Napoleão wine shops, existing for more than 50 years in Lisbon, are specialised in the best Portuguese wines and Port wines. They can explain you all about the best Vintage years of the 20th Century.

Vintage Port tasting Napoleão shop Lisbon

Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

You can taste the Port Wines for free and appreciate an exemplary service.

Lisbon Napoleão shop Vintage Port 2

Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

”Of course, all the vintage years are very good, but some years are exceptional compared with the others”.

Lisbon Napoleão shop Port Wines Aguardentes street

Website Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

A new store of the Napoleão family (in the same street). Besides: they also sell Portuguese wines like Vinho Verde, Aguardentes (similar to Cognac, Schnapps or Grappa) and the legendary wild Cherries Liqueur Ginja or Ginjinha. Famous small Ginjinha bar in Lisbon, Rossio

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Napoleão, Rua dos Fanqueiros, 70, Lisbon, world wide delivery.

If you wish, you can order via their website.

Lisbon Napoleão shop Port wines cheap

Unique Glória funicular Lisbon to bohemian, nightlife and shopping area Bairro Alto, viewpoint São Pedro de Alcântara, WiFi & port wine

The unique funicular Elevador da Glória, makes the connection between Restauradores and bohemian, nightlife and shopping area Bairro Alto on a 265 metres journey (up or down the hill) to viewpoint Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara with magnificent views on the Castelo de São Jorge.

Funicular Electrico Avenida da Liberdade Restauradores naar Bairro Alto

The Glória funicular was opened in 1885 and in February 2002 it was classified as a national monument. It was the second of its kind in Lisbon, thanks to the initiative of the New Lisbon Mechanical Lift Company (Nova Companhia dos Ascensores Mecânicos de Lisboa – N.C.A.M.L.). This company specialised in the building and running of urban transport on sloping terrain. The first of its lifts was the Lavra, opened the year before, and Bica. All are operated by Carris, (including timetables and funicular’s history) the Lisbon city transport undertaking.

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Maria Givencho likes her job. The funicular’s operating hours are 0700-0055 every day.

The story of the Glória funicular can be traced back to 1875, when the Lisbon City Council gave the rights to two individuals to set up a form of transport on sloping terrain in the Calçada da Glória. The construction projects, however, were never approved and time slipped by. Finally the funicular opened to the public on 24 October 1885, with the pomp and circumstance typical of the time – a host of guests, fireworks, music and much cheering and hooraying. More…

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The Glória funicular, Calçada da Glória, near Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, close to one of the many entrances to area Bairro Alto. When you go out of the funicular you will find on the right side the viewpoint Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

Bairro Alto Lisbon Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Viewpoint and WiFi spot Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

This wonderful belvedere will give you a unique insight into the city. It is rather quiet during the day, but it completely changes at night when young people seek fun and action in the Bairro Alto.

Lisbon Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Viewpoint Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara with magnificent views on the Castelo de São Jorge. and the Graça area. The view from this small garden is (for me) the best in the city.

Lisbon Instituto do vinho do porto Bairro Alto

Just a stone’s throw away lies Instituto do Vinho do Porto, at Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcântara nos. 39-49, where a range of port wines may be tasted and purchased (open from 12:00 – 24:00).

When I came in, the service was very slow…… You can order by the glass or bottle.

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Instituto do Vinho do Porto

On the ground floor of the former Palace Palácio Ludovice. 1749 is the year in which this elegeant building was completed by his architect and owner Johann Friedrich Ludwig (1673-1752).

Lisbon Bairro Alto Insituto do Porto Port wine

Instituto do Vinho do Porto