Lisbon Wine Club
Culinary Backstreets Lisbon Wine Club
Quick bite: Join our small group Wine Club meetings to meet local winemakers and taste their wines paired with delicious snacks in an open-air setting that’s both social and safe.
A quick survey of Lisbon’s shops, restaurants, bars and markets reveals a deeply-rooted local wine culture with a mind-boggling array of choices. The Portuguese are some of the world’s most prolific wine makers and drinkers; you could say wine is in the blood here. Beyond fizzy vinho verde, pitchers of nameless house wines at the neighborhood tasca and mass-produced bottles for export – all perfectly drinkable, mind you – lies a lesser-explored world of independent winemakers swimming against the flood of products made for the mass market. And behind each of these bottles is the unique story of a winemaker with a vision.
This is the world we will be exploring with our Lisbon Wine Club, with an enthusiasm for wine and food and an appreciation for those who make it, approaching the subject with curiosity and zero pretension. With each gathering, we will have the chance to meet a different independent winemaker in an informal small-group setting. As we work through a tasting of several wines accompanied by delicious food pairings, we’ll get the deep backstory on the wine, the region it comes from and the winemaker, too.
By the end of this series of gatherings, you’ll know your mourisco from your ramisco and you’ll probably want to completely restock your home cellar. But, perhaps more importantly, you’ll connect with the local producers that will make this possible.
The featured winemaker will be Sérgio Frade of O Frade and ACV Vinhos de Talha on August 27th, Herdade do Rocim on September 24th, Tiago Teles and António Marques da Cruz on October 8th, and Quinta de Santana on October 22nd.
*This small-group, private tasting series takes place in an open-air terrace, which allows for a healthy, safe and responsible activity.
**Please note that this activity is also available for private groups according to demand and scheduling possibility. Please email us if you are interested in this activity as a private group.
Fee includes everything consumed on the walk. Some special features:
How are you dealing with COVID-19 risk on your walks?
We have reinforced our commitment to safety with new guidelines to assure maximum safety of our guests on our walks in terms of social distancing and hygiene while maintaining the quality of the experience. For more details on our precautions, read here. We are proud to have received the tourism stamp of clean & safe for our safety precautions.
Our routes have been altered during this period of time to ensure the safety of our guests, guides and community. Our cancellation policy is extremely flexible to deal with changes in travel plans.
What are the current travel restrictions or requirements in Portugal?
You can read the full travel regulations by location for Portugal here. Currently there are no quarantine requirements in Portugal Continental unless symptoms are shown or there is known contact with an infected person. Our cancellation policy is extremely flexible to deal with changes in travel plans. Please contact us for specific questions on travel restrictions.
What is included in the fee? In addition to your Culinary Backstreets guide, 4 pours, 3-4 pairing snacks including cheese, charcuterie and water are included in the price.
Why is the Culinary Backstreets tour more expensive than some other walking tours? Our approach is different than most tour companies. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists. Our ongoing publishing of articles, from restaurant reviews to features about the intersection of food and culture, constantly feeds new material into the culinary walks, so they evolve and constantly improve. Though costly, we believe that this is how to create the quality experiences we strive for. We practice honest tourism and would never accept a free lunch or any sort of commission. On the contrary, we are proud to know that the money spent during the culinary walk goes to support businesses that we believe in, helping to preserve the social and cultural fabric of the cities we love so dearly.
How does the payment process work? Once you have made a reservation, we require the full fee to be paid in order to complete the online booking. Our online booking system uses Stripe to process secure payments.
What is your cancellation policy? 100% will be refunded if given 1 week notice prior to the activity.
Are your walks suitable for people with food allergies? This can vary based on a number of factors, including the food item in question. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation before booking. In general, many Georgian dishes contain nuts, so a participant with a nut allergy might need to skip a few of the stops on our walk.