Don’t Miss The Biggest Wine Tasting Event in Lisbon This Weekend ♦ From 9-11 November, over 300 wine brands will be put up to the test in Lisbon for the biggest wine tasting event in the country, Encontro Com Vinhos. More than 3000 wines will be represented at the Junqueira Congress Centre in a session that is open to the public on the 9th and 10th of November, with the last day of the event being open to professionals only. Secrets From Portugal brings more about this amazing event that you can’t miss.
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Encontro Com Vinhos includes a free wine tasting of over 300 brands from the different regions of Portugal, but some international brands are also present. Simultaneously, the program offers other activities like live-comment tastings and chats with sommeliers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, so it has over 50 activities involving wine specialists. In order to make sure you are fully prepared for the event, Secrets From Portugal brings you a list of the top Portuguese wines of the year. Check it out:
1994 Caves São João Poço Do Lobo Arinto
In 2013 the owners of this idiosyncratic winery in Bairrada decided to start re-releasing older vintages from their cellar. This lemony Arinto, with its aged notes of toasted almonds, is the current library release.
2017 Esporão Reserva White
Portugal’s sunny Alentejo region produces wines with abundant fruit flavours. This blend of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, and other varieties is no exception: It’s tangerine-scented, with sweet citrus fruit and a creamy texture.
2009 Eladio Piñeiro La Coartada Grande Escolha
Eladio Piñeiro farms biodynamically and holds this Alentejo red until he feels it’s ready to drink. Its liqueur-like raspberry fruit and forest-floor notes end on soft, fine tannins.
2016 Filipa Pato & William Wouters Nossa Calcario Red
Husband-and-wife team Pato and Wouters make, as they say, “wines without makeup”—certainly this floral, light-bodied Bairrada red, with no new oak at all, fits that ambition.
2016 Quinta Do Vale Meão Douro
Vale Meão was long the heart of Portugal’s iconic Barca Velha red. Now, owner, Francisco Olazabal makes his own stellar wine there, full of violets, mocha, and rich black raspberry fruit.
Make sure you don’t miss the amazing wine tasting event this weekend!