Lisbon recommended wine tasting & specialized tours: ‘Venha Vinho’ in historic area Bairro Alto, free tasting, wine with natural cork & Francisco, the charismatic ‘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
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).
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
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:
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”
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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.
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….
Francesco’s wine shop Venha Vinho in Lisbon & wine lover lady Dorville from Australia
BOOKINGS Francisco +351 912 152 086. Website VenhaVinho
Location: Travessa da Bica Grande, 4A, Bairro Alto Lisbon, Portugal, near Lisbon’s most photographed street, the Bica funicular