Lisbon wine region is considered the west and north of the Portuguese capital. The region has nine DOC´s, mostly in co-operatives. You will find several styles and qualities of wine. The weather on the vineyards is influenced by the wind ( specially from West, Atlantic Ocean), since the area is similar to a tongue along the coast. However, part of the area is protected by mountain.
Some of the top wines of Lisbon wine region are around the DOC region of Alenquer. To the east of Serra de Montejunto you will find warmer weather and less windy, which means less humidity. This combination, results in excellent conditions for the red wines, since grapes ripen well. Visiting Lisbon wine region you will find local and international wines. From the local Touriga Franca grape variety to the international Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and even Chardonnay.
On the south of the wine region, you will discover another famous Portuguese grape variety called Arinto . Famous on the white wines usually is dry, crispy fresh and delicious when you drink it fresh. Arinto you will find it in almost 75% of the white wines, however you can also taste other Portuguese typical grapes such as Sercial and Rabo de Ovelha. Do you love Sparkling wines? Yes, you will find it in Bucelas also.
DOC wine sub-regions
Further to the north of the Portuguese Capital you will find Peniche Peninsula and the beautiful town of Óbidos. Peniche is famous by the fish stews (Caldeiradas) and Surf Hotspot (with national and international competitions).
Óbidos its famous by Ginginha ( Cherry Liquour ), Chocolate Festival and Medieval Castle. The DOC Óbidos is cool and windy, the combination for growing grapes for sparkling wines.
DOC Encostas de Aire has specific characteristics. Scenic landscapes, based on limestone soil and blends olives with vines. However you will discover good reds and modern whites with low alcohol but with high acidity.
DOC Colares and Carcavelos since its near Lisbon and Sintra. In Carcavelos you will find fortified wines, with Portuguese grapes and usually reds. Colares is more sandy dunes with white automatic wines. They use Portuguese grape Malvasia. Red wines are based on Ramisco grape variety and result in heavy tannic wine.
Lisbon Wine Region Grapes Variaties
White grapes : Arinto, Fernão Pires, Malvasia, Seara-Nova, Vital, Jampal
Red grapes : Aragonez, Castelão, Tinta Miúda, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira.
International Grapes : Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.