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5 Great Wine Bars in Lisbon

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Recently Lisbon has transformed into a must-visit city. Some of its main tourist attractions are amazing cuisine, art, and streets full of life. But we should not forget that Portugal is also a country that makes great wines. Therefore, we suggest that you visit some of the best wine bars in Lisbon. Find your favourite and note it down for your next trip to the Portuguese capital!

Vestigius

Vestigius is located in an old winery and it is much more than just a wine bar: it offers an extensive program of cultural events, giving you the opportunity to spend a pleasant time while enjoying good wines and wonderful dishes of both national and international cuisine.
You will find Vestigius in the area around Cais do Sodré. The bar has a privileged view of the Tagus River, with a fabulous esplanade area to enjoy the outdoors. It is an ideal place for cultural exchange and ideas over a glass of good wine or a cocktail.

The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar

What would a pharmacy and wine have in common? Some might say that both can provide relief for sorrows and pains… But in the case of The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar, it means that an old pharmacy was lovingly converted into a wine bar. This charming place offers some 200 different wines of Portuguese origin. You can also order a selection of cheeses, hams and other tasty snacks to perfectly accompany the wine you have chosen

On top of that, it is also one of the most striking wine bars in Lisbon. You will no doubt find the opportunity to immerse yourself in the exciting world of Portuguese wines. The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar also offers the opportunity to enjoy a coffee or a tea should your heart desire something less intoxicating…

Winebar do Castelo

If you are a true wine lover, this is one of the must-visit wine bars in Lisbon. You will find Winebar do Castelo on one of the hills of the city, Castelo de São Jorge, located in the historic centre. The interesting selection of wines is usually rotated and the vintage port wines stand out.

Winebar do Castelo also offers another attraction: the guided tastings give you an excellent opportunity to learn more about Portuguese wines. Of course, the bar also offers dishes based on cheeses and delicatessen to accompany the wine. Highly recommended!

By the Wine

It is one of the best-known wine bars in the city, as it is the flagship store of José Maria da Fonseca, one of the most present wine companies in the country. When you visit By the Wine, you will find all the wines from this winery’s portfolio as well as a wide selection of tapas, including Guijuelo ham.

By the Wine lies in the heart of Lisbon, but this is not the only selling point. You will also be captivated by the interior architecture of the place. This bar is an excellent option if you want to eat and drink good wines in a pleasant atmosphere.

Tasca do Chico

We would never forget to mention Fado in this selection of wine bars in Lisbon. Tasca do Chico is a tavern where you can eat, drink wine and, above all, listen to Fado.

It is an intimate and special place, although somewhat small. It is one of the best places to drink a glass of wine while listening to the melancholic rhythm of a music genre that, like good wine, reaches the soul.

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Gazela Vinho Verde

The Gazela Vinho Verde: a white wine from Vinho Verde produced by Gazela vinified from alvarinho and shows an alcoholic strength of 9%. The Gazela Vinho Verde is the ideal white to combine with salmon salad and crab.  

 
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Azul Portugal Dão 2013

The winery Azul Portugal elaborates this Azul Portugal Dão 2013, a red wine from Dao that contains grapes of 2013 and shows an alcoholic content of 13%.  

The Most Interesting Wine and Food Museums in the World

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You shouldn’t miss these food and wine museums if you are going travelling or are planning an exciting wine route. Take note and write them down on your bucket list. And remember to enjoy the wine!

Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Spain

One of the most interesting and oldest wine museums in the world is the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Spain. The museum is catalogued as the best wine museum in the world by the World Tourism Organisation-UN. The place allows you to travel through no less than 8,000 years of history with 20,000 works of art. You will find authentic archaeological pieces with hundreds of years of history. But you will also be able to enjoy more modern works by creators such as Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, or Warhol. The museum also allows you to enter the winery, do tastings and attend conferences and workshops. Here you will see 220 varieties of wine from around the world.

Pleven Wine Museum, Bulgaria

The museum is located inside a cave in the park of Kaylaka in Bulgaria. It contains many objects related to the viticultural tradition of the city. The park also boasts beautiful flora and vegetation. As in many other museums of this type, of course, you will also find the opportunity to taste their wines.

The Living Museum of Gingerbread, Poland

This museum does not focus on wine, but it contains many curiosities. The Living Museum of Gingerbread in Poland (Muzeum Piernika) offers visitors a glimpse of the rituals and traditions involved in the making of gingerbread. The place features activities, temporary exhibitions, interactive exhibitions, and you will also be able to make your own gingerbread.

Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium

You may not know that french fries originated in Belgium. In Bruges, you can find a museum that is divided into three parts dedicated to the good old chip. The history of the chip is exhibited along 400 antique objects on display. The visit also includes an opportunity at the end to taste the chips

Deutsches Currywurst Museum, Berlin

This museum could not be located anywhere else seeing that the currywurst was invented in Berlin. Fine slices of currywurst with curry ketchup. The museum showcases how this sausage became so popular, thanks to interactive exhibits and much more. Don’t forget to taste the sausages at the various street stands in the city.

The most interesting wine and food museums in the world

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If you are travelling or planning about making a fantastic wine route, you can not miss these museums where wine and food are the protagonists. Take note and write them down in your personal calendar. And enjoy the wine!

Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Spain

In Spain, one of the most interesting museums in the world about wine, and also one of the oldest, is the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. Catalogued by the World Tourism Organization-UN as the best wine museum in the world, it allows you to travel back no less than 8,000 years of history with 20,000 works of art. There are authentic archaeological pieces with hundreds of years of history and much more modern works by creators such as Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, or Warhol. But there is more because it allows you to enter the cellar, make tastings, attend conferences and workshops, and be able to see 220 varieties of wine from around the world.

Pleven Wine Museum, Bulgaria

Located inside a cave, in the park of Kaylaka, in Bulgaria, there are many objects related to the viticultural tradition of the city. Being in a park, we can also see its flora and vegetation. In the museum, as in many others of this type, there is place for tastings of its wines.

Gingerbread Museum, Poland

There is not much wine, but some curiosities. In Poland, the Gingerbread Museum (Muzeum Piernika) offers its visitors a glimpse of the rituals and traditions involved in the cooking of gingerbread. Activities, temporary exhibitions, interactive actions, and the chance to participate while baking your own gingerbread.

Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium

Maybe you did not know that the origin of French fries is in Belgium. That is why we find here this museum, divided into three parts. The history of French fries is exhibited along 400 antique objects on display. The option to taste the fries at the end of the visit is also included.

Currywurst Museum, Berlin

It could not be anywhere else, since the sausage of the city of Berlin is currywurst. Fine slices of sausages with curry-flavoured tomato sauce. In the museum we can see how this food became so popular, thanks to interactive exhibits and much more. Do not forget to try them at the various street stalls in the city.

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Viña Alberdi Crianza 2012

 

 

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Terlan Lagrein 2017

5 places in Italy for food lovers

 TAGS:undefinedThere a special places you don’t want to miss knowing if you are a fan of good food and you like traveling Italy. Today we present you 5 locations to give you an idea.

1) Romagna

Being surrounded by impressive woods, they stand out for their hospitality for about two decades now: Giovanni and Cristina welcome travelers with breakfast, homemade cakes, pies and jams made from organic fruit of their own orchard. Furthermore, their subtly sweet licors, Parma sausages, zucchini filled pasta, amaretti cookies among others. The hosts are always ready to suggest hidden, unknown places to have dinner. During mushroom season, Giovanni offers field trips to visitors from around the world.

2) Agriturismo Corte d’Aibo, Emilia-Romagna

Autumn in Emilia-Romagna means wine, truffles, mushroomes, and chestnuts. The Agroturismo Corte d’Aibo is an organic farm and vineyard, located 25 kilometers west of Bologna, in the hills of the Apennines. The vineyard produces 6 red wines and 6 white wines, made from grapes of its own backyard. The recommendation is to take a bottle of Pignoletto with lunch and a tour of the winery. The menu includes specialties like tagliatelle with ragout and risotto with truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano such as local dishes.

3) Masseria Il Frantoio, Puglia

Before lunch and dinner, Armando Balestrazzi gives a tour around Masseria Il Frantoio, close to Ostuni. They own 4.000 olive trees – many of them planted by the ancient Romans -, a citrus orchard from the 17th century, and a Moorish style garden. Armando and his wife Rosalba bought this 500-year-old property 15 years ago and turned it into a restaurant and a hotel with 19 rooms. Rosalba takes care of the cooking, and her 8 courses lunch paired ip with wines from Puglia and different olive oils is a real challenge. One of her typical meals could consist of: pizzelle (discs of fried pasta similar to Indian puris) with fresh tomato sauce, zucchini and shrimp fritters, green beans, baked goat cheese with saffron and pear jam, homemade pasta laganelle with zucchini and carrots, roast lamb with potatoes, garden salad with fresh almonds and rose petals, and lemon pie.

4) Le Campestre, Campania

After living in Belgium for decades, the Lombardi family returned to Italy to build up organic Agroturism. Le Campestre is a farm with rooms and a restaurant, a property located in the region of Campania Alto Casertano, that is famous for its olive oil, the buffalo, goat chees and its rustic breads. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking the nearby valley and mountainsides. The guests stay in simple rooms and participate in the daily tasks of the farm, such as the olive harvest. They also offer vooking classes.

5) Bio Agriturismo Valle Scannese, Abruzzo

Gregorio Rotolo is famous for his cheese: round blocks of pecorino, flat ashlers of aromatic stracchino and tender ricotta, each of them with a distinctive green and silver label. Gregorio and his family hava a biodynamic farm, more that 1.500 sheep and agroturism. The location is excellent, on the edge of the Abruzzo National Park, it is run by the family itself and has 17 cozy and comfortable rooms, and the food is wonderful.

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Quota 29 Primitivo 2012: a red wine with Salento DO with the best bunches of 2012 primitivo and 14º of volume of alcohol. 

 

 

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Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni I Giganti 2012:  red wine from Puglia DO with primitivo of 2012 and 14.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

Priorat: know its wines and cellars

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The viticulture of the DOC Priorat, in Catalonia, has a long tradition. No wonder, then, that there is a lot of cellars and wine routes to explore.

The wines from this region are produced in an area of ??20,000 ha, of which only 1,600 have been planted with vines, according to the DOC of this region itself. Being the terrain somewhat difficult, it makes the production of wine to be expensive, but abundant in quantity and quality, since they are recognized not only in Spain but throughout the world.

While it should be noted that this region is also home to the DO Montsant, which is younger and has 2,006 hectares of vineyards within a total area of ??35,676 ha.

In the Priorat designation route we highlight some cellars such as Celler Sabaté, with wines such as Mas Plantadeta (red oak), Mas Plantadeta Roure (white oak) and Mas d’en Bernat (young red). This family cellar produces wines since 1910, now ageing in French and Hungarian oak.

While in Saó del Coster you can find the varieties S (young red), Pim pam poom (young red) and Terram (red crianza). A wine cellar, which unlike the previous one, was founded in 2004 by a group of friends in order to bring modernity and dynamism to this sector in the region.

The Balagué y Cabré cellar offers red crianza wines such as La Guinardera and Ruella. It offers tradition and innovation, with a new renovated cellar that has a tasting room overlooking the vineyards and the environment.

The Celler Castellet, in Porrera, is a feast for the senses. It offers Empit Selecció, Empit and Ferral, all crianza reds. It is also a young cellar, being a family company founded in 2005.

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Finca Dofí 2011: DO Priorat based on garnacha negra and syrah of 2011 and 14.00º of alcohol. 

 

 

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Clos Martinet 2011: a red wine with this DO: Priorat vinified with garnacha negra and syrah from 2011 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º. 

 

 

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Camins del Priorat 2014:  a red wine from the Priorat DO based on the top of garnacha negra and syrah from 2014 vintage and with an alcohol content of 14.5º. 

 

 

Spanish Wine Routes for this Fall

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Fall is the perfect season to discover the vineyards landscape. The colour of forests and leaves is changing, and green turns into different shades of brown and maroon. Therefore, it is time to make wine tourism and learn about some of the most prized routes on the national scene. Do you want to come with us?

Lleida, Costers del Segre

Costers del Segre is a Designation of Origin distributed in 7 different subzones, in which we find a large part of its vineyards in the province of Lleida. On this route we can reach the city of Lleida and see the church of the Seu Vella (“Old Cathedral”), besides the popular main street. In terms of cellars, we will see Vinya Els Vilars, which has an output of only 15,000 litres per year, while Raimat is truly known for its history.

Murcia, Jumilla route

The Jumilla wine appellation of origin has a great extension of vineyards in Murcia worth visiting. In this case there are several routes, many of which are related to gastronomy and also music, as sometimes different concerts and performances are organized in the associated cellars.

Extremadura, Ribera del Guadiana

There are some lesser-known areas. This is the case of Extremadura, which also has good and varied wines. On the route, you can see classic cellars along with newer ones, and support for modernization of viticulture and oenology, but they are keeping a very defined and traditional style of doing things.

Cádiz, Marco de Jerez

Cuisine is a reference in Cádiz. Also unique in its wines, the region offers its nice coast and you can also explore the cellars to taste the famous brandy of Jerez.

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Gran Reserva 1886: a brandy native of Spain 40º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Bars to drink good wine in Paris

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We continue in France and this time it’s turn for wine bars. In Paris night-life is one of the biggest attractions, and if you’re looking for options to have fun in good company be sure to know some of the bars to drink good wine recommended by Time Out.

And otherwise, you can always drink a good French wine, such as the ones we recommend below.

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Clos du Marquis 2005: a red wine with Saint-Julien DO with the best bunches of 2005 petit verdot and merlot and 13º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Château Gloria 2009: a red wine with Saint-Julien DO vinified with gloria from 2009. 

 

 

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Antipodean wine regions you should visit

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If you’re a wine lover or you’re entering this world, you must know that the cellars of the New World, such as Australia and New Zealand, are in vogue. Therefore we give you some info on regions, areas and wine tours that you can not miss in the Antipodes.

Marlborough

The famous Marlborough region is mostly known for its production of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s located in the north-eastern area of the South Island of New Zealand, noted for its stony ground. You can visit over 40 wineries in Marlborough, with established wine routes to explore the cellars and taste the wines thanks to its tastings.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a white wine of the Marlborough DO with sauvignon blanc of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

Broome

This region is named after a town located in the Kimberley area in Western Australia, 2,200 kilometres north of Perth. It is an area of strong tourist activity, adding all those who come to see its wineries. They make routes to know the development of the wine production, with tastings and food such as dry meat and spicy sauces. To relax, you can go to Cable Beach.

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of the best-known Australian regions because of its wineries. Here are some of the oldest wine families in the country, and it’s especially noted for the production of dry white wine. Wineries such as Brokenwood won the Best Red Wine of the World in 2001. The Scarborough cellar is also strongly known, since its establishment in this wine area in the 60s. Their quintessential wine is the Chardonnay, the most popular white in Australia. We also stop at Audrey Wilkinson, a winery with a 150-year history. Near the town of Pokolbin, it offers free tastings, tours of the winery, and the entrance to a small museum of winemaking.

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Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013

 

Ribera del Duero’s secret

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This wine region is preferred among others by the younger generation that, after some years of absence returns to imbibe of wine culture… and of course to drink wine. Beer and spirits go getting aside. Wine rules.

We enjoy wines with body, round character. We like red wines with personality and strength. The red wines from Ribera del Duero give the profile and therefore they are among the favorites of many of us. And I include myself, because I love them.

But in this region there are other names with great power. Rueda, for all those white wines from Verdejo Kingdom; Toro, with fabulous red wine authors; and Cigales, famous for the pink, but with some truly spectacular reds, like Caesar Príncipe, which I love and highly recommend, or Cigales Aleno Foster 1999, also very good.

Another incentive is the possibility of visiting the wineries and attending a tasting guided by experts and connoisseurs throughout the process. These professionals will give us details about the vintage, the aging and for example the reason for the choice of this type of wood for the barrels.

In some cases you may also spend the night in the cellar, as many of them have adapted their facilities to the wine tourism fashion and have built a small hotel or some other kind of accommodation that can be enjoyed close to the original structure.

This way you can enjoy an entire weekend surrounded very close by your favorite stocks and knowing the history of the wine you like most. In addition, generally, the wineries that offer the opportunity to spend an entire weekend of wine tourism, complete their program with a dinner or lunch where the most traditional or the avant-garde food pairing are present, making a wine tourism short trip into 360 experience which will get us us into the juiciest side of the wine world.

Another option is to go to visit the winery where some wine we still don?t know is produced. Thus we have an added incentive, the surprise element, which enriches the experience by allowing us to remember when was the first time we tried it, where were we then and who with. The perfect excuse to join two passions: wine and travel.

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Pruno 2009, fruity with a great touch of wood flavours

 

 

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Carmelo Rodero Crianza 2008, a great wine with a very affordable price

Wine Tourism with the Kids

 TAGS:Wait, wait, don’t get angry yet. We know wine tasting is a more of an adult thing, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take your family with you if you’re going to spend a weekend in the countryside tasting wine.

What about a grape juice tasting for kids? And showing them the whole process of wine making? If it sounds fun, let’s see what the eDreams Travel Blog suggests for a wine tasting day for the entire family.

The Rioja Wine Region

Spain has quite a few examples of how you can keep the little ones interesting while going for a wine tasting trip. In the Rioja region, in the north of Spain, the local tourism board proposes a program in which the little ones can see how the wine is made. They get to step on the grapes and jump around the vineyards, participate in grape juice making workshops and much more.

The Navarra Wine Region

 TAGS:Another option for wine tasting with your family in Spain is Navarra. If you get there at the end of August, beginning of September you can get your kids to taste a variety of grapes and teach them how to predict the wine made from them, how to tell how sweet the grape is and how to use a refractometer (you could take the opportunity and learn how to use one yourself!).

Our advice for going wine tasting with kids

  1. Don’t worry about their clothes, let your kids, nephews or friends’ kids have fun and enjoy the whole experience.
  2. It might be a good idea to take a couple of your kid’s best friends with you. Or travel in a mixed group of adults and kids. This way you can relax a bit and watch the kids jump and scream and have fun.
  3. Go in autumn, that’s when the grapes are collected and that’s when the fun starts. Check the flights a few months before so you can get cheap flights and spend more on the wine you’re going to take home as a souvenir.