Regions and Appellations Portugal Estremadura - Lisboa

Estremadura - Lisboa Wine

Lisboa (formerly Estremadura) is a prolific wine region located at the center of Portugal's Atlantic coast. Despite being one of the country's most productive vinicultural areas, its name remains relatively obscure in wine terms, as its wines have traditionally been labeled with the names of the local sub-regions, which include Alenquer, Bucelas and Colares. The region is also home to Portugal's capital, Lisbon.

The region fell under the VR (Vinho Regional) classification until 2008, when the category was renamed IGP (Indicaciones Geográficas Protegidas) to bring it into line with the rest of Europe. When the switchover happened, the Portuguese wine authorities took the opportunity to rename the Estremadura appellation as Lisboa after Lisbon, which marks the region's southern boundary. There are nine DOCs in Lisboa, but many are more famous for their history than their modern wine industry. The most prestigious wines from the region fall under the Alenquer and Bucelas DOCs.

Ramisco vines in the sandy soils of Colares

The region's position on the coast gives rise to the broad terroir that shapes the local wine industry. The Serra de Montejunto hills run north from Lisbon, and effectively divide Lisboa in half. Along the coast, the Atlantic batters the vineyards with high winds and autumn rains, making viticulture a challenge. The most notable DOC on this side of the hills is Colares, which is more famous for its phylloxera-resistant soils than its robust red wines made from Ramisco. The cool, wet conditions also shape the Lourinhã and Óbidos DOCs, famous for brandy and sparkling wine, respectively.

On the other side of the hills, the terroir is more forgiving, and is responsible for some of the region's best wines. Complex, full-bodied wines made from a range of classic Portuguese grape varieties like Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz typify the Alenquer DOC, while Bucelas makes fresh, minerally white wines from the Arinto grape variety. Further inland again lies the more famous region of Tejo

Overall, the industry in Lisboa is dominated by a number of large cooperative wineries, although the current surge in Portugal's wine industry has created scope for several smaller outfits to thrive. Wine cooperatives are renowned for their commercial focus (there is little room for individual creativity and passion), so Lisboa wines have tended towards the practical rather than the expressive, and towards quantity rather than quality. As a result, the vine varieties planted in the region have been selected for their high yields and disease resistance, with very little emphasis on varietal expression or traditional stylistic considerations.

More than 30 grape varieties are used (Portugal rivals Italy in the diversity of its vine portfolio), the majority for white wine production. In the past few decades the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon and its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot have increasingly been used, as have Portugal's traditional (and superior) varieties Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz.

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Most Popular Estremadura - Lisboa Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Aluado Alicante Bouschet, Lisboa, Portugal Alicante Bouschet 1,514th 88 $12
Casa Santos Lima 'Stones & Bones', Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 2,622nd 88 $12
Convento da Gloria Tinta Roriz, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Tempranillo 4,019th $11
Casa Santos Lima 'Confidencial' Reserva Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 4,195th 89 $11
Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 4,236th 88 $12
Casa Santos Lima Red Blend, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 5,852nd 88 $9
Adega Viuva Gomes Tinto, Colares, Portugal Ramisco 6,492nd 90 $128
Casa Santos Lima 'Lab' Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 7,070th 86 $8
Caves Vidigal Porta 6 Tinto, Vinho Regional de Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 7,467th 87 $8
DFJ Vinhos Portada Winemaker's Selection Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Rare Red Blend 9,138th 86 $9
Aluado Reserva Alicante Bouschet, Lisboa, Portugal Alicante Bouschet 10,178th 88 $19
Casa Santos Lima Quinta do Espirito Santo, Vinho Regional Estremadura, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 10,494th 87 $12
Convento da Gloria Reserva Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Touriga Nacional 10,540th $12
Adega Regional de Colares Arenae Ramisco, Colares, Portugal Ramisco 12,662nd 88 $50
Casa Santos Lima Quinta de Bons Ventos, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 12,731st 86 $8
Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva Chitas Reserva Tinto, Colares, Portugal Ramisco 17,350th 88 $58
Casa Santos Lima Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 17,568th 86 $7
Quinta do Monte d'Oiro Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Syrah - Viognier 20,160th 91 $40
Caves Vidigal 'Brutalis' Alicante Bouschet - Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal N/A 20,475th 89 $36
Casa Santos Lima Quinta das Setencostas, Alenquer, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 21,933rd 87 $9
Villa Oeiras Vinho Generoso, Carcavelos, Portugal Ramisco 22,269th 89 $33
Caves Vidigal Reserva, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Tempranillo 22,860th 87 $8
Quinta de S. Francisco Tinto, Obidos, Portugal Castelao - Touriga 26,189th 87 $11
Quinta do Gradil Mula Velha Premium, Vinho Regional de Lisboa, Portugal Rare Red Blend 27,693rd 87 $8
Adega Mae 'Pinta Negra' Tinto, Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal Rare Red Blend 28,239th 84 $7
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