In the world of sparkling wine, French ‘Champagne,’ is the only variety in the world legally permitted to use that terminology, and is seen as the benchmark of quality. However, the Portuguese version known as Espumante, has long been considered a delicacy in Portugal and is beginning to make waves on the international stage, as more and more people are recognizing its richness and complexity.
Sparkling Wine Experience in Lisbon
We did a wine testing in one of the most well known places in Lisbon, Espumantaria do Cais and we will tell you all about this amazing experience! Drinking Portuguese sparkling wine should be part of a traveler’s bucket list when visiting Lisbon. Especially If you are a wine fan! You don’t just drink a beverage, you taste the culture of this nation and you experiencing Lisbon as a local. Sparkling Wine is really delicious and the variety of choice can satisfy everyone. Usually the majority of the Portuguese sparkling wines are blended with up to 40 different types of grapes that age separately. Like wines, what defines the type of wine is the amount of sugar used and it varies from very dry to sweet.
Located in Cais do Sodré,
Espimantaria has made its entrance since 2013 and ever since then the popularity grew as it has a really home-like atmosphere and a really big drink menu. It is one of the most popular places that tourists visit in the so known ” Pink Street” of Lisbon. Even If it was known as one of the seediest streets of Lisbon before, the area now is as stylish as ever and definitely one of the coolest places to go for a night out! Even if it is considered an upscale Portuguese bar, the prices are really decent too!
What makes Espumentaria so special?
Espumantaria serves only Portuguese sparkling wines and other cocktails that have at least one local ingredient. So everything here is local and Portuguese! If you are a wine lover, you will fall madly in love with this place, I assure you! It has one of the biggest menus of Portuguese Sparkling Wines as it has a selection of 15 local wines and 17 sparkling wines. If you are a cocktail lover, they have some key signature cocktails that also include sparkling wine.
It all started with a woman,
Mr.Correio has a bar experience for at least 20 years before this place has opened. Even if he followed the typical bar course he didn’t know much until he met his girlfriend at that time who was a sommelier and took him to many wine testings. Soon enough, he fell in love with wine. It grew into a passion and ever since he is always up to expand his knowledge regarding wine. That includes reading more and more books but most importantly tasting new wines by every opportunity he got.
Wine testing experience in Espumentaria
Wine testing is possible to be done in this place but you need to book in advance to ensure that a specialist is there to guide you. If you want to know more about wines, the best way is to go through the wine testing experience and to have a person that has a good knowledge around this subject. Also, the price varies on the amount of people in a group and If you are interested you can contact them at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure the availability. And don’t forget that the best wines we drink are the ones we drink with friends!
Bonus: The staff in Espumentaria do Cais are super friendly, so you enjoy a good conversation and a good laugh. They love what they do and are not afraid to show it!
Address: R. Nova do Carvalho 39, 1200-291 Lisboa