Limited Production Wines from Portugal
Limited Production Wines from Portugal may be hard to find outside of the country, but they can certainly be found in a traditional wine bar in Lisbon, such as Vestigius Wine Bar.
Although Portugal is home to over 250 varieties of grapes and two UNESCO protected wine heritage regions, much of the country’s most captivating wines remain unknown outside its borders. Much of this lack of global knowledge about Portuguese wines is due to the fact that the country has a multitude of small production wineries that operate with limited marketing budgets and zero exports. Some of these mico-wineries only produce as little as 600 bottles a year. They simply cannot share their wine treasures with the rest of the world with such a limited marketing budget.
So, thankfully, the world can learn about many of these Portuguese limited production wines via a traditional wine bar, such as Vestigius. You can find tiny, wine bars on almost every block in certain areas of Lisbon. Thanks to these bars, locals and travelers alike are able to try wines from limited production wineries that are typically hard to find.
A ’boutique’ style wine bar, like Vestigious, can easily acquaint its visitors with some of the lesser-known, harder to find labels. It can also indulge guests with plenty of deliciously memorable bouquets, swirls and sips.
Ambiance of Vestigius Wine Bar
Vestigious opened late 2013. It has a laid back ambiance and is situated in a quasi barn style building with exposed and distressed brick walls. It’s decorated with bohemian shabby chic touches like mismatched silk back baroque style chairs and couches and large wax dripped candles. Then add in some eclectic random nautical touches, perhaps to celebrate its waterfront location along the Tagus river and the result is a cozy backdrop for presenting a melting pot of Portuguese culture: its wine, art and music.
João Chambel, Sommelier
João Chambel, Sommelier and Manager of Vestigious is there to help people learn about wines. He always asks his guests the type of wine they enjoy drinking so that he may best suggest a new wine for them to try, often it is a limited production wine that they may not be able to find elsewhere.
I requested a Malbec style, so he recommended a 100% Touriga Nacional. In Portugal, although they have a Malbec grape, they apparently only use it as a varietal blend. I was delighted to discover the Touriga Nacional as it is considered the best red grape variety in Portugal and is also the most well known. Just as João suggested, it was similar to Malbec
“with a full body and a touch of elegance”
Vestigious offers 300 wines, not all of which are available by the glass, in a selection of both Portuguese and International wines. The bar also serves a limited menu of some snacks to accompany the wines such as prawns, oysters, sliced ham and traditional cheeses.
For Wine Lovers:
The Touriga Nacional is traditionally used for Port wine making and grows in the Douro wine region which is located in the northern region of Portugal.
Rua Da Cinnture Do Porto De Lisboa
Armazem A, No. 17
(Cais do Sodre neighborhood)
+351 218 203 320