23 April 2024, Adega Belém at The Big Fortified Tasting, Church House, London


Lisbon’s Urban Winery, Culinarybackstreets.com

Adega Belém: Lisbon’s Urban Winery

Unlike most capitals, Lisbon has vineyards within its territory, and plenty of vines within reach in neighboring municipalities, from Sintra to Cascais and Loures. But until 2020, there wasn’t a single winery to be found in the city itself. Adega Belém has remedied this. Located right at the edge of one of the city’s most visited neighborhoods, where tourists line up to see the Belém Tower or eat Lisbon’s most famous egg tart, The winery’s unusual location – occupying a former garage in the backstreets – is a peaceful antidote to all the queues. Upon arrival, we’re greeted by Lili, a friendly brown labrador. She has a red wine named in her honor but we’ve already fallen in love with her even before learning that. Lili takes us to meet Catarina and David, the couple whose vision of producing wine in the city made Adega Belém a reality. Prior to this venture, they both had careers in academia, and left jobs at universities to dedicate themselves to wine. Catarina, from Lisbon, is a biologist, specializing in frogs (which explains Adega Belém’s crawling toad logo). David is from Frankfurt, and worked as a professor of anthropology.

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Published on March 13, 2024