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“Unique, Interactive Wine Tasting Experience”

ViniPortugal - Lisbon Wines of Portugal Tasting Room, Sala Ogival
Ranked #25 of 214 Nightlife in Lisbon
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Owner description: The Wines of Portugal Tasting Room in Lisbon, or Sala Ogival of Lisbon, is located in the west part of Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is one of the most emblematic European squares, named after the fact that there is situated the Paço Real. During two centuries (1511, in the reign with King Manuel I, 1755, with King José I) this was the place chosen to be the Royal Palace of Portugal. Rebuilt after the earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1775, the square became known as Praça do Comércio. Nowadays, the elegant buildings that surround the Terreiro do Paço have a new dynamic that also houses government departments and ministries, with modern restaurants, shops, cafes and other services. The tasting room has a large space where the visitor can taste more than 1,000 wines from all regions of the country, with a small room for thematic tastings and a small library.
Scarborough, Maine
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“Unique, Interactive Wine Tasting Experience”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

We would have paid a good bit of money for this unique wine-tasting experience – but it was free! Numerous wines from 3 different regions of Portugal are on offer each month, and you can select up to a total of 4 of them to taste. There were even some sparkling wines available. The samples are healthy servings.

After an explanation of the process and a brief overview of the various wine regions of Portugal, you are given a sheet with a few questions along with your wine and asked to rate the wine on smell, taste, etc. and to give your opinion as to when you’d serve the wine, how much you’d pay for it, and the like. You even get to rate the label.

The tasting room is very pleasing, with high-top tables to stand at, or comfortable seating areas if you prefer. Isabel was our hostess and she was very friendly and personable. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, not intimidating.

Hourly tastings are offered from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. We were there on a Thursday afternoon during low season and there were only 2 or 3 other people there. We were told it’s usually much busier on Saturday, so I’d recommend going on a weekday, if possible. But definitely go!

Visited February 2012
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed October 10, 2011

We first read about ViniPortugal in our guidebook and decided it was a good, inexpensive (free), indoor activity to do since it was raining. My husband and I and the couple traveling with us all enjoy wine, but are hardly wine connoisseurs. We were a bit intimidated at first, being somewhat of wine tasting novices, but the nice atmosphere, the friendly staff and of course a bit of wine all helped us relax and have a great time. The staff explained the whole process very clearly in English to us. First we heard a little bit about the wine regions of Portugal and then we were instructed to select four wines to taste. One by one we tasted the wines we had chosen and for each selection we were given a detailed questionnaire. There were no right or wrong answers, we were just asked to rate each wine on things like overall appearance, smell, taste, etc.

We were visiting Portugal in March which is not high tourist season. When we went to ViniPortugal it was pretty empty and we chatted with the staff one-on-one freely. In a busier time of year it might be more crowded and that might take away a bit of the enjoyment. But overall it was informative and you can't really beat free when it comes to price!

Visited March 2011
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