We are Catarina and David, winemakers and owners of Adega Belém, an urban winery that we have built into a former car repair shop in Lisbon’s urban neighborhood of Belém.
The doors of the winery are usually wide open and you can come and observe every step of the winemaking process. You will have the chance to talk to us winemakers directly about the wines that you taste. And tell us about the journey on which they take you. You are part of our terroir as much as are our vintners, the weather and the soil. Some of our batches are exclusively sold at the cellar door.
Drop by to sample our reds, whites, rosés and bubblies. Or learn more about wine making by taking part in a tour through our winemaking cellars or by booking a wine tasting class. We also ship our wines within the European Union – check out the online shop.
See you soon, abraços, beijinhos, à bientôt und bis bald!
Catarina, David & the cellar team
Address: Travessa Paulo Jorge 9, Lisboa, Belém
Wed: 11h-16h. Thur: 11h-16h. Fri: 11h-18h. Sat: 11h-13h
Opening times may vary during events.
Lili, Cookie and Senhor Rita en voyage at Vinum Weindepot Fulda for a Pop Tasting. In Fulda Abitur gemacht und dann hinaus in die Welt. Die Adega Belem aus Lissabon stellt Ihre wunderbaren Weine vor. 14. Juli 2023. 15-20 Uhr Vinum Weindepot Fulda. Königstraße 3. 36037 Fulda
Every Fri & Sat, 11h-13h: Winemaker-led cellar tour & tasting paired with delicious light tapas
31 May 23, 20h-23h – Adega LêBem @ Adega Belém, RSVP
14 July 23 – Adega Belém @ Vinum Weindepot Fulda, Germany
1-3 Sept 23 – ‘Origin’ in Wine and Tourism – Academic Workshop @ Adega Belém, with UCBerkeley TSWG & EIREST-UParis1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Contact us for private group events. We can sit 32 people at one long table, or host 78 standing.
We founded Adega Belém to be able to make wines beyond industry-driven conceptions and fashions, relying both on sophisticated craftsmanship and a deeply urban production approach. “Made with love…” – that’s not just buzz words, but the epitome of our dedication and passion for every detail of the process, from our involvement with vineyards and vintners, to the work in the cellar, the packaging and environmental design, and our relation to our clients at the cellar door.
Two outstanding red wines, one made of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional grapes, the other of Castelão grapes, grown on a plot on the right bank of the Tejo river, a few kilometers upstream from the bay of Lisbon, with an Atlantic climate delicately moderated by the Sintra and Montjunto sierras allowing the grapes to slowly ripen and the wines to develop intensively concentrated fresh fruit aromas of wild blueberry, plum and cherry married to elegant spices and a hint of French oak.
If you love wine and always wanted to know more about how it is actually made, what choices a winemaker has, and what makes the big difference between a EUR 3,40 wine and a EUR 32,50 wine, we recommend our winemaker led cellar tour, with tasting and light lunch, every Friday and Saturday, 11h-13h. Please inquire about availability, and then book online. You can enjoy tasting flights at the cellar door during normal opening times and without prior booking. Option for private tours in other languages and at other times. Read more.
We handcraft our wines combining sophisticated oenological knowledge with a minimal intervention approach brought about by the natural wine movement in France 30 years ago. All wines are spontaneously fermented with carefully applied temperature control. Some of the wines further ripen in clay amphorae or French oak barrels, for periods ranging from 4 to 24 months. The result are top premium wines that are organically balanced, vibrant and tantalizing.
Brut Nature artisanal sparkling wine from Viosinho grapes grown in the Monsanto hills, in Lisbon. 14 months on the lies. Dégorgement à la volé, corked and hand-labeled in our cellar. Born and raised in Belém. Fine nose, delicious citric aroma, fine perlage and the best blob of the year made in the city of Lisbon.
Enjoy handcrafted goat, sheep and cow-milk cheeses, selected cured meats, Iberian pork sausages, olives and fresh bread. Or customize your hot and cold finger-food menu via our caterer. Prices range from EUR 10,- per person to somewhere close to the infinitude of the outer galaxy.
Our white grapes grow in the foothills of Lisbon’s Monsanto, while the reds thrive in Estoril’s Caparide Valley and on the eroded calcareous plateaus of the right bank of the Tejo river, a few kilometers upstream from the Bay of Lisbon. Integrated vineyard management creates an ecologically sustainable environment keeping both grapes and soil in great shape, for generations to come. The grapes are hand harvested when we feel that they are ready. Read more
Three formidable white wines made of Arinto, Moscatel Galego and Avarinho, all grown in the vineyards of Tapada da Ajuda in downtown Lisbon, overlooking the Tejo river and enjoying a slight breeze blowing up the hills, evoking an afternoon spent in the shade of a tree watching the ships pass by under a blue sky, with the muffled noise of kids playing in the street and the distanced squeaking of the tram making its way through windy streets of the old town.
We organize your private and corporate events at the winery, including delicious catering, great wine and vibrant ambiance. Cold and warm catering for up to 76 persons. 32 seated at one long table. Read more.
Adega Belém is a family venture and everyone, young and old, gets involved. While David and Catarina are professional winemakers, all label designs are based on drawings by the two junior winemakers whose work so well reflects the crazy and chaotic harmony of our lives – and wines.
Along with classical winemaking methods, we love to experiment with techniques from other times and places. It’s the second time that we make an ancestral-method on-skin fermented Pétillant Naturel, a method first used in the mid 16th century by monks of the St-Hilaire monastery in the French Pyrenees. Made of Viosinho grapes grown at the vineyards of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon’s Ajuda neighborhood, the wine finished its fermentation in the bottle. Unfiltered, no additives, 100% cloudy, a delicious cold companion for hot summer days.
At Adega Belém, we use clay amphorae to ferment late harvested, whole berry muscatel grapes with an extensive post fermentative maceration, and also to produce and age whole cluster fermented red wines. Because of their air-permeable porous material, clay amphorae are a great container to ferment and age such tannin-rich wines without risk of reduction. The results are stunningly vibrant red, white and orange wines with a brilliant, sometimes unusual aroma profile – through we really look here for deliciousness rather than funkiness.
The cellar dog selection are beautifully fruit-driven, unpretentious red and white wines that accompany your daily meals, aperitifs and party events. These wines are made without oak contact, thus emphasizing their pure fruit character. Both are named after the winery’s pets, Lili the cellar dog, and Cookie the cellar rabbit, who are extended members of the team.
We take a holistic and balanced approach to the long-term health of our grapes and vineyards, and to our winemaking practice. In the cellars, we implement a strict sustainable procedures policy, e.g. by using ultra-lightweight bottles, chemical-agent-free cleaning, energy saving inverter technology, recycled cardboard packaging, avoidance of plastic, and in-house waste water treatment. A lot of small steps at every level move the world into the right direction. Read more.
Buy wine in ultra-light glass bottles with natural cork. Ultra-light bottles significantly reduce the wine industry´s carbon foot-print, are easy to recycle, and will not create micro-plastic. Natural cork actively absorbs CO2 while growing and maintains Portugal’s rural landscapes intact. Avoid buying wines boxed in polystyrene packaging, there are ample bio-degradable alternative materials available. Finally, PLA may well be a “bio-plastic” yet, contrary to what many may think, it does not bio-degrade in your garden compost or in the ocean. So the best is to avoid plastics altogether.
Remarkable, fearlessly experimental urban winery in Lisbon
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Die schönsten Weingeschichten werden dort geschrieben, wo man sie am wenigsten erwartet. Zum Beispiel in einer ehemaligen Autowerkstatt im Zentrum von Lissabon.