We are Catarina and David, winemakers and owners of Adega Belém, a small boutique winery located inside the walls of a former car repair shop in Lisbon’s Belém district.
Our passion is to craft organically balanced, vibrant and vivacious high quality wines in relatively small batches. Drop by for a tasting. Or learn more about wine making by taking part in a tour through our winemaking cellars or by booking a wine tasting class. You find our wines in many EU countries, the UK and the USA, or can order directly via our online shop.
See you soon, abraços, beijinhos, à bientôt und bis bald!
Catarina, David & the cellar team
Every Fri & Sat, 11h-13h: Winemaker-led cellar tour & tasting paired with delicious light tapas
9 December 2023: Lisbon Sushi Club, Campo Pequeno, 7 Sushi 7 Vinhos da Adega Belém, 20h-23h
Contact us for private & corporate events. We can host 32 people at one long table, or 78 bar-style.
Address: Travessa Paulo Jorge 9, Lisboa, Belém
Thur: 11h-16h. Fri: 11h-19h30. Sat: 11h-13h
Opening times may vary during events.
“Made with love…” – that’s not just buzz words, but the epitome of our dedication and passion for every detail of the process relying on healthy fruit, sophisticated craftsmanship and a deeply urban production mode. Made with love starts with our relation to vineyards and vintners, includes every aspect of our work in the cellar, but also the packaging and environmental design, and the way we like to receive to our guests at the cellar door. Read more about responsible management in the wine industry.
We craft our wines combining cellar technology with a minimal intervention approach brought about by the more sophisticated branch of the natural wine movement in France 30 years ago. All wines are spontaneously fermented with carefully applied temperature control and the preservation of yeast diversity in the vineyard and the cellar. Some of the wines are aged in clay amphora or French oak barrels, for periods ranging from 4 to 24 months. To preserve our wine as wine, we add low levels of sulfites before bottling.
We are big fans of the Portuguese culture of collaboration between grape growers and winemakers (2200 grape growers exist in the Lisbon region for only 125 wine producers), and work hand in hand with Lisbon vintners, who love their fruits as much as we do. The vineyards are located on both sides of the Tagus river where the grapes thrive in a climate dominated by Atlantic breezes and long sunshine hours throughout the ripening period. We hand harvest when we feel the grapes reach optimal phenolic ripening. Read more
Handmade white wines of Arinto, Moscatel Galego and Alvarinho grapes harvested in the vineyards of Tapada da Ajuda in downtown Lisbon, south-facing, enjoying a climate of hot afternoons and cooler nights moderated by the Tejo River and the breeze coming up from the Atlantic.
A Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature artisanal sparkling wine from Trincadeira grapes grown in a secluded vine garden within the walls of the Caparide priest seminar between the foot hills of the Sintra Mountains and the Estoril coast. The combination of a Fresh Atlantic climate and a lot of sunshine make it a crisp, fruity and very elegant classical method sparkling. 14 months on the lies. Disgorgement à la volé in autumn 2023. Hand corked. The best (and only) blob of the year made in the city of Lisbon.
Enticing hand crafted red wines made of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Castelão grapes, grown on the right bank of the Tejo river, a few kilometers upstream from the bay of Lisbon, with an Atlantic climate 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.
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.
Along with classical winemaking methods, we love to experiment with techniques from other times and places. This ancestral-method on-skin fermented Pétillant Naturel employs a method first developed 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 slightly sparkling 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.
Explore how wine is made from grape to glass, which choices winemakers have and how these are reflected in the profile of the final wines. The tour is an exciting journey into the world of wine biochemistry made accessible through lively metaphors and explanations — for absolute novices and those who have done a lot of winery tours already. To experience the essence of Mediterranean diet, everyone then sits together at our long table for a tasting of 5 wines paired with delicious artisan food stuff. Vegetarian food on demand. Every Friday and Saturday, 11h00-13h00. Read more & book
Drop by at the winery during our opening times and take a (tasting) flight into the world of Iberian winemaking, exploring the aromatic specificity of wines made of some of the 300 red and white grape varieties that are grown here. We offer flights of 3 or 5 wines per person, served in professional tasting glasses, accompanied by our explanations about how these wines were actually made. Please book in advance for groups of 6 or more, or if you wish to pair the tasting with food (send email to email@example.com).
We have a really good experience to host private or corporate group events in a low-key high-key ambiance at the winery. 32 people can comfortably sit on one long table. 74 people have enough space in a bar style set-up. Option of cold and warm Mediterranean diet style catering. No booze tours. No end-of-year student trips (unless really interested in wine and winemaking). Recent clients include PWC, Deloite, Mercedes, Nokia, Wisdom Tree, and a formidable wedding party from Norway. Read more.