THE BEST WINE BARS AND STORES TO DISCOVER ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC WINES IN LISBON
We invite you on a journey across a vast world of organic natural wines at some of the best wine bars in Lisbon, as well as the speciality stores that are at the forefront of this exciting movement.
In Lisbon, every meal and glass of wine is an opportunity to celebrate not only food but also culture and human connection. The city is currently experiencing a wine revolution. It’s a narrative that transcends borders yet hasn’t forgotten about our national terroir in the process. A celebration of natural, organic, and biodynamic wines that are defining a new era of viticulture and winemaking.
At Oh! My Cod Tours, we have cultivated a relationship with the city’s food and wine scene that goes beyond mere acquaintance. We are the storytellers of Lisbon’s gastronomic tales, the curators of its finest experiences, and your guides to the soul of Portuguese hospitality. Our commitment goes beyond guiding you to the most acclaimed spots. We aim to unveil the stories behind the flavors, introducing you to the faces and places that define our culinary identity. From the small tascas where locals linger over a glass of vinho verde to the bustling markets where the freshest seafood inspires the city’s top chefs, we navigate Lisbon’s gastronomic map with insider knowledge and a passion for authenticity.
We love taking our time to explore carefully curated selection of wines that embody the principles of sustainability, authenticity, and ecological harmony. Yet our dedication throughout this article today is not confined to the geography of Portugal.
Our invitation is not merely about tasting, it is also about understanding the philosophy, the process, and the passion behind each bottle.
The incredible diversity of Portuguese wines
Portugal’s wines are as rich and varied as its landscapes, a testament to a tradition that spans centuries, yet is vibrantly alive with innovation. Even though our country has a deep-rooted winemaking heritage, it is witnessing a renaissance, thanks to a dedicated community of winemakers who are rewriting the rules with organic, natural, and biodynamic practices. This movement wants to honor the earth and respect the intricate balance of nature, while delivering wines of exceptional quality and character.
The diversity of Portugal’s wines is unparalleled, a direct reflection of the country’s wide array of microclimates and terroirs. However, it’s not just the geographic diversity that sets Portuguese wines apart, it’s the spirit of innovation and freedom that flows through the winemaking community. Unlike the more regimented traditions of some of our European neighbors, for instance France or Italy, Portuguese winemakers often operate without the constraints of strict systems and expectations. This freedom allows for a level of experimentation and creativity that is rare in the wine world.
Organic winemaking in Portugal is not just a trend but a return to ancestral practices, adopting methods that avoid synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to foster healthier vineyards. Natural winemaking takes this philosophy further, minimizing intervention in both the vineyard and the winery to let the grapes and the land speak for themselves. Biodynamic practices elevate this ethos, incorporating cosmic rhythms and holistic farming techniques to create wines that are vibrant expressions of their terroir.
In Lisbon, the heart of Portugal’s cultural and gastronomic scene, this renaissance can be felt (and sipped!) in a more pronounced way than anywhere else in the country! Through some of the city’s bars, restaurants, and wine shops, Lisbon has become a gateway to the diverse and innovative world of Portuguese wines, without forgetting international labels too.
Wine trips around Portugal
Portugal may be compact in size, but its wine experiences are quite vast, offering an astonishing array of tastes and terroirs within just a few hours’ drive from one region to another. This unique characteristic makes Portugal an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts looking to immerse themselves in the world of viticulture without the need for extensive travel. From the unique microclimate of the Azores, namely of Pico island, where volcanic soils impart a distinct minerality to the local varietals; to the sun-drenched plains of Alentejo, known for its full-bodied, aromatic wines; passing by the rugged landscapes of the Douro Valley, where terraced vineyards yield some of the world’s most exquisite ports and robust reds; to the cool, maritime influenced vineyards of Vinho Verde in the Minho, Portugal’s wine regions offer a microcosm of the world’s viticultural diversity.
At Oh My Cod Tours, we understand the allure of Portugal’s wine varieties and have crafted multi-day trips designed to showcase the best of what this wine-lover’s paradise has to offer. More than focusing on just tastings, our tours are immersive experiences that connect you with the soul of Portuguese winemaking. Our multi-day wine trips are tailored to showcase the diversity of Portuguese wines, including organic, natural, and biodynamic selections that embody the essence of sustainable viticulture. We partner with passionate winemakers who are eager to share their stories, their processes, and their wines with curious travelers. These intimate encounters offer an authentic glimpse into the life of Portuguese vineyards, from the ancient traditions that have shaped winemaking in the region (such as talha wine from the Roman days) to the innovative practices that promise a sustainable future for Portuguese wine.
Our multi-day wine trips are designed for those who seek to dive deep into the world of wine, uncovering the nuances of each region, grape varietal, and winemaking philosophy. It’s an adventure that promises not only the discovery of new flavors and techniques but also an understanding of the ecological and cultural significance of wine in Portugal.
Lisbon: a microcosm of Portugal’s wine heterogeneity
Here in Lisbon one can have an unparalleled opportunity to journey through the entire wine spectrum of Portugal. This city has become a focal point for wine enthusiasts, offering a curated collection of wine bars that serve as gateways to the vineyards scattered across the country’s diverse landscapes. At Oh My Cod Tours, we’ve explored, tasted, and conversed, distilling our experiences into a list of our favorite Lisbon establishments for organic, biodynamic, and natural wines, each bringing a selection from passionate Portuguese producers, as well as from some other countries near and far.
Before we embark on this curated tour of Lisbon’s wine bars, let’s look into understanding the essence of the wines they serve, clarifying the concepts behind organic, natural, and biodynamic wines, so that we have some foundational knowledge that will enhance the appreciation of the establishments we’re about to explore.
Understanding organic, natural, and biodynamic wines
In the world of wine, terms like organic, natural, and biodynamic are not just trendy labels but signify deep-rooted philosophies that reflect a commitment to sustainability, authenticity, and harmony with nature. As we explore the vibrant wine culture of Lisbon, it’s crucial to understand these concepts, as they shape the character of the wines you’ll encounter in the city’s bars we recommend below.
What is organic wine?
Organic wine is the product of a viticulture and winemaking process that abstain from the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Instead, organic winemaking relies on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to maintain soil health and combat pests. This approach ensures that the vineyards thrive in a balanced ecosystem, leading to the production of grapes that truly reflect their terroir. The certification of organic natural wine varies from country to country, but the underlying principle remains the same: minimal intervention in nature’s process, from soil to bottle
What is natural wine?
Natural wine takes the concept of minimal intervention a step further. It’s not only about how the grapes are grown but also about how the wine is made. Natural winemaking involves little to no addition of sulfites (used as preservatives), native yeast fermentation, and a hands-off approach in the cellar. This means no filtering, no fining, and no adjustments to alter the wine’s natural course from grape to glass. The result is a wine that is a raw, unadulterated expression of its origin, with unique flavors and textures that challenge conventional palates. It’s important to note that while all natural wines are organic by nature, not all organic wines meet the stricter criteria to be considered natural.
The difference between organic and natural wines
Now that we know what is natural wine, let’s look at the main distinction between organic and natural wines, that lies in the winemaking process. While both prioritize the use of organically grown grapes, natural wines go further by advocating for minimal technological intervention during winemaking. This hands-off approach aims to preserve the wine’s natural characteristics and complexity, offering drinkers a unique, sometimes unpredictable experience.
What are biodynamic wines?
Biodynamic winemaking is the most holistic approach, incorporating organic farming principles while also treating the vineyard as a self-sustaining ecosystem. Inspired by the ideas of philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the early 20th century, biodynamic agriculture views the farm or vineyard as a living organism. It employs natural materials, soils, and composts to rejuvenate the vineyard and relies on lunar and cosmic cycles to guide farming activities. Biodynamic wines are, therefore, the epitome of terroir expression, crafted under a regimen that respects the interconnectivity of the earth, plants, animals, and the cosmos.
As we venture into Lisbon’s wine bars, equipped with this knowledge, we can appreciate the depth of passion and philosophy that goes into each bottle of organic, natural, and biodynamic wine. These wines tell stories of the earth, narrated through the meticulous care of those who cultivate and craft them.
Where to drink (and buy) organic and natural wines in Lisbon
We’re happy to share that Lisbon has a very good (and ever growing!) variety of bars and restaurants specializing in organic, natural, and biodynamic wines. These are lively spots to mingle with fellow wine enthusiasts. And, more than venues which serve exceptional wines, these bars also promote conversation and provide an education and a certain level of connection to the global movement towards more conscientious consumption.
For an easier exploration, venues which serve wine have been marked with 🍷, while actual stores to buy and take away (more towards the bottom of this list) have been labeled with 🍾. Some of these establishments are places where you can both take a seat to enjoy wine by the glass, as well as purchase full bottles to take home.
🍷🍾 Black Sheep
Hands down, one of our favorite wine bars in Lisbon, Black Sheep has become a national reference for those in pursuit of organic, natural, and biodynamic wines. What sets Black Sheep apart is not just its impressive selection of wines but the story of its founders, a group of wine enthusiasts and sommeliers who turned their passion into a thriving hub for like-minded individuals. This Lisbon wine house was initially founded by Brian Patterson, who eventually sold the business to Bruna Ventura who used to work with him, and who now runs Black Sheep with her husband Lucas Ferreira.
The ambiance of Black Sheep reflects its name: distinctive, unconventional, and embracing of difference. The former owner and the current managers, who are self-described “wine geeks”, share the vision of running a space where the complexity and diversity of sustainable wines could be explored and celebrated in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. This wine bar offers a meticulously curated selection that showcases the best of organic, natural, and biodynamic winemaking from Portugal and beyond. The staff’s ability to tell the story behind each bottle adds a personal touch to the experience, making every visit super engaging. It’s probably the most educational wine bar in Lisbon!
Bruna and Lucas from Black Sheep collaborate with Oh My Cod Tours, namely during our dinner and sunset boat experiences on the Tagus River, which we operate specially for big groups. This collaboration highlights the natural wine bar’s expertise and its contribution to Lisbon’s gastronomic tourism, offering guests an unforgettable journey through Portugal’s vinous landscape aboard a scenic cruise.
📍Praça das Flores 62, 1200-192 Lisbon
🍷Senhor Uva and Senhor Manuel
When you visit Senhor Uva, you better come thirsty but also hungry, as besides an impressive list of national and international wines, they also serve exquisite vegetarian and vegan dishes. This esteemed wine bar, along with its sibling Senhor Manuel right across the street, has carved a niche in Lisbon’s culinary scene, drawing in both locals and travelers with its unique approach to natural wine tasting and botanical cuisine, by the hand of Canadian chef Stéphanie Audet. Their creative plant-based dishes are as visually stunning as they are flavorful!
Both venues were founded by the chef and her husband and sommelier Marc Singh Davidson. The couple’s shared passion for natural wines and plant-based gastronomy inspired them to create a concept that resonates deeply with the ethos of sustainability and innovation.
The selection of wines at Senhor Uva and Senhor Manuel is a curated journey across the globe. This international wine list has been carefully assembled, including national references too, and overall highlighting small producers who share the establishment’s dedication to authenticity and environmental care. The staff is knowledgeable and passionate about the stories bottled in each wine, and ready to guide guests in a friendly manner, encouraging them to try new things.
Senhor Uva and Senhor Manuel’s mission to deepen appreciation of natural wines, paired with the art of botanical cuisine, has made them beloved destinations in the capital.
📍Rua de Santo Amaro 66A, 1200-804 Lisbon
📍Rua de Santo Amaro 61, 1200-802 Lisbon
🍾 Os Goliardos
Founded in 2005 by Nadir Bensmail, Sílvia Mourão Bastos, and Manuel Amaral Beja, Os Goliardos was born with the mission to showcase and commercialize natural wines from across Europe. This initiative was driven by a close relationship with producers from various countries, aimed at celebrating wines produced by individuals rather than corporations, those who nurture the soil, grapes, and cellar without chemicals and with minimal intervention.
The journey of Os Goliardos began with the launch of wine courses in 2005, designed for the curious and open-minded, creating a vast network of Goliardos – typically individuals not initially connected to the wine industry but who were drawn to the spirit, ethics, and knowledge shared. In 2006, the opening of the Goliardos wine bar in Lisbon near Praça da Alegria marked a significant step, creating a space for wines previously overlooked in Lisbon, where large gatherings and celebrations took place. The momentum continued with the introduction of the Goliardos Academy in 2007, offering monthly wine discovery opportunities for home enthusiasts. By 2008, thematic wine tasting nights, known as the “1001 nights,” were initiated, further expanding the community’s engagement with diverse wine themes. 2009 saw the creation of the Amálgama group, facilitating discussions among various wine producers and professionals.
2010 was a milestone year with the launch of “Vinho ao Vivo,” the European Terroir Festival, in collaboration with A Margem, celebrating the essence of terroir-driven winemaking. This event underscored Os Goliardos’ commitment to showcasing wines that truly represent their origins. Following this, in 2011, the Uvelhas Negras wine collection was introduced, a collaboration with producers to create wines that embody the fresh and distinctive style of Goliardos, albeit in small quantities. In 2014, the decision was made to close the Goliardos bar to dedicate more time to other areas, particularly distribution and advising various city restaurants and bars.
Os Goliardos keeps on expanding its reach, developing exports in Spain and Italy and continuing to import unique wines, mainly exclusive to Portugal, from various countries. Their commitment to wine education through courses, distribution to character-driven restaurants, and the organization of wine events, including Vinho ao Vivo and Vini Corsari, further solidifies their role in the wine community.
📍Rua Gen. Taborda 91, 1070-138 Lisbon
🍷🍾 Comida Independente
Comida Independente has carved out a specific niche in Lisbon’s culinary landscape. Prior to opening the specialty grocery story and all through its years of operation, its owner has traveled and keeps on exploring the Portuguese map, with the aim of discovering small producers and bringing their products to the capital city. These food and wines are then showcased in their permanent store and bar, as well as via their producers’ market (Mercado Produtores), held every Saturday between 10AM and 2PM, at Travessa Cais do Tojo, downtown.
This brand’s mission to showcase the immense variety of Portuguese wines indeed goes beyond their wine shop and the actual market. At the store, they host regular events that bring together producers from every corner of the country, via an intimate platform for wine lovers to explore unique varietals, learn about winemaking processes, and engage directly with the minds behind the bottles. Also central to Comida Independente’s mission is the promotion of small producers through Alcateia, a wine club that puts the spotlight on the unsung heroes of Portuguese winemaking. This innovative club not only facilitates home delivery of a curated selection of wines each month but also enriches the experience with educational written materials. Members gain insights into what they’re drinking, the story of each producer, and the specificities of each region, making every sip a learning opportunity.
Just like the wines, the food at Comida Independente is also a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients. Their shop sells fresh produce and Portuguese artisanal packaged foods, while their deli counter features a great variety of regional cheeses and charcuterie, as well as freshly prepared bites that showcase the best of what’s available. We truly appreciate their work as, thanks to Comida Independente’s shop and market, us city dwellers get to feel a little closer to the Portuguese countryside and all of the incredible food and wines that it produces.
📍Rua Cais do Tojo 28, 1200-649 Lisbon
🍷 A Viagem das Horas
A Viagem das Horas breathes creativity and conviviality out of every single pore! This gastropub, nestled in the heart of the city, is the brainchild of Ricardo Maneira, better known as DJ Rykardo. More than a mere wine bar, A Viagem das Horas is a celebration of Ricardo’s multifaceted passions, offering a unique experience that marries the art of wining, dining, and living.
At its core, A Viagem das Horas is renowned for its exceptional selection of wines, focusing on organic, natural, and biodynamic labels that reflect the establishment’s care about sustainability and quality.
The wine list is a carefully curated journey through the vineyards of Portugal and beyond, designed to intrigue and please enthusiasts and novices alike. However, what sets this venue apart is its seamless integration of a gastropub vibe, serving an array of delectable and thoughtfully prepared petiscos.
Ricardo Maneira’s influence permeates every aspect of A Viagem das Horas, most notably in the ambiance that is created through music. As DJ Rykardo, he is responsible for the eclectic selection of tunes that fill the space, creating an atmosphere that is both fun and chill. The music is so integral to the A Viagem das Horas experience that Ricardo releases a weekly playlist on Spotify, allowing guests to take a piece of the ambiance home with them. This musical journey is an invitation to explore new rhythms and melodies, just as the wine list encourages exploration of new tastes.
But the uniqueness of A Viagem das Horas doesn’t stop at wine and music. In a delightful twist, the gastropub also doubles as a haven for plant lovers. Here, amidst the laughter and chatter of happy patrons, you’ll find a selection of plants for sale, turning the space into a truly fun oasis in the urban landscape.
📍Rua José Ricardo 1, 1900-285 Lisbon
🍷 Bom Bom Bom
Penha de França is a quaint neighborhood far from the typical tourist trails of Lisbon, where wine bar Bom Bom Bom is located. This place is a hybrid concept that mixes various passions into one space, something that seems to be quite a trend across the city these days.
This establishment stands out not only for its unique approach but also for its commitment to offering “BOM vinhos, BOM discos, BOM petiscos” – an alluring promise of GOOD wines, GOOD records, and GOOD snacks. This slogan perfectly encapsulates the essence of Bom Bom Bom, where natural wine, creative food, and a passion for music converge to create a unique experience.
At Bom Bom Bom, the focus goes mostly towards natural wines, celebrating the diversity and beauty of wines made with minimal intervention. These wines, sourced from small-scale producers who prioritize sustainability, offer a genuine taste of the terroir they come from. The culinary offerings at Bom Bom Bom feature a range of creative snacks and dishes designed to complement the natural wines. Utilizing fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, the kitchen crafts bites that showcase the best flavors of Portugal with some international influences in the mix.
Adding to the eclectic charm of Bom Bom Bom is its record shop component, a nod to the vinyl revival and the timeless joy of music. Guests can browse through a selection of records, from classic hits to obscure gems, providing a soundtrack to their dining experience or a take-home treasure. This aspect of Bom Bom Bom reflects the owner’s passion for music and its power to bring people together, just like good food and wine also tend to do.
📍Rua Angelina Vidal 5, 1170-166 Lisbon
🍷 Vino Vero
Vino Vero is a popular wine bar in the vibrant neighborhood of Graça. This wine bar’s journey began in 2014 in Venice, Italy. The founders of Vino Vero, captivated by the authenticity and diversity of natural wines, embarked on a mission to curate (in their own words) “the best selections of natural wines in the world,” a promise that has been faithfully transported to Lisbon.
The Lisbon outpost of Vino Vero inherits its Venetian predecessor’s dedication to natural winemaking. The selection of Italian natural wines at Vino Vero is particularly noteworthy, reflecting the founders’ origins and expertise. Yet, Vino Vero’s dedication to showcasing the diversity of natural wines extends beyond Italy’s borders.
The wine bar boasts a strong representation of Portuguese labels, demonstrating the vibrant and innovative spirit of Portugal’s organic natural wine scene.
Complementing its world-class wine selection, Vino Vero features a small but high-quality crafted food menu that marries fresh Portuguese ingredients with Italian culinary traditions. The fusion of these two gastronomic cultures results in a delightful array of dishes, from cheese and charcuterie boards that pay homage to both countries’ artisanal producers, to specialty plates that blend the flavors of Portugal and Italy in innovative ways. This fusion menu not only enhances the wine-tasting experience but also invites diners to explore the culinary synergies between these two Mediterranean countries. After all, if food is a universal language, so is wine!
📍Tv. do Monte 30, 1170-265 Lisbon
In the heart of Lisbon, at Dahlia, the spirit of farm-to-table and vine-to-glass coalesce into a singular experience. Under the guidance of chef Maurício Varela and his talented team, Dahlia has carved out a niche for itself by embracing the principles of market cuisine, where each dish tells the story of its origins, from the fertile soils of local farms to the bustling stalls of nearby markets.
At Dahlia, the menu is an ode to seasonality and sustainability, reflecting a deep commitment to showcasing ingredients at their peak. This farm-to-table philosophy mirrors the bar’s approach to its wine selection, focusing exclusively on natural wines that embody the same values of minimal intervention and ecological balance. The result is a dining experience that not only delights the senses but also resonates with the growing desire for transparency and authenticity in both food and wine.
Dahlia’s wine list is a carefully selected collection of natural wines, chosen for their ability to complement the seasonal menu and enhance the overall dining experience. The staff at Dahlia, knowledgeable and passionate, are always on hand to guide guests through the wine list, making recommendations that align with the evening’s selections and guests’ preferences.
Given the popularity of Dahlia, and considering that the place is quite small, reservations are highly recommended. Book a table and taste by yourself how food and wine can come together embracing seasonality and sustainability.
📍Tv. do Carvalho 13, 1200-097 Lisbon
🍷🍾 Holy Wine
If you are looking to experience a truly rare or exceptional natural wine in Lisbon, your best bet may be Holy Wine! Since its inception in 2020 by Kate Rodionova and Sasha Sutormina, two entrepreneurs from Russia, Holy Wine has been dedicated to uncovering and sharing the hidden treasures of the wine world. This wine bar and shop offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore wines that are seldom found elsewhere in the city.
Holy Wine’s philosophy is rooted in a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship of independent winemaker-artisans from Portugal and across Europe. But the exploration doesn’t stop with the wine. Holy Wine’s food menu is a reflection of the same principles: ingredients are sourced directly from producers, ensuring that each dish not only complements the wines on offer but also celebrates the flavors of the season. From artisanal cheeses and charcuterie to freshly prepared bites that showcase the best of local and European cuisine, the menu at Holy Wine is a testament to the beauty of simplicity and the richness of farm-to-table dining.
One of the most charming aspects of Holy Wine is its welcoming atmosphere, where everyone, including pets, is greeted with warmth and hospitality. So stop by for a glass of something special with your four-legged friend by your side (here in Lisbon or at their location in Cascais), or enjoy Holy Wine’s offerings in the comfort of your own home, ordering via their online store.
📍Calçada da Estrela 15, 1200-661 Lisbon
🍷 O Pif
Affectionately dubbed a “wine dealer” by its founder, Adélaïde Biret, O Pif opened in 2022 in Anjos and it has quickly become a sanctuary for those seeking to uncover the hidden jewels of Portuguese viticulture. Transitioning from a career in law to pursue her passion for wine, Adélaïde fell in love with the potential of Portuguese wines, recognizing them as vastly undiscovered and underrated treasures on the global stage.
What sets O Pif apart in the bustling Lisbon wine bar scene is its exclusive dedication to Portuguese wines. O Pif’s 100% Portuguese selection, provides patrons with a unique opportunity to explore the breadth of Portugal’s vinous offerings, from the verdant valleys of the Minho to the sun-drenched slopes of Alentejo, all under one roof.
The food at O Pif, while relatively simple, is crafted with a philosophy that mirrors their approach to wine, focusing on high quality and super fresh ingredients that celebrate the flavors of Portugal. The menu features a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and a special dedication to fresh oysters from Setúbal, available on a designated day of the week. They also welcome occasional guest chefs to take O Pif’s kitchen to the next level, providing customers an even richer culinary experience, always in an intimate setting and with warm hospitality.
📍Rua Maria 43A, 1170-286 Lisbon
The name of this establishment draws inspiration from the lively block street parties of Brazil.
At Bloco, the focus on national, low-intervention wines is complemented by an equally impressive selection of cocktails and a menu that showcases the best of Portuguese cuisine, all set against a backdrop of carefully selected music that breathes life into the overall ambiance.
Owned by Duarte Ornelas, who’s a DJ and music producer, Bloco transcends the conventional definitions of a bar or restaurant. For Duarte, Bloco is a cultural venue, a space where the worlds of gastronomy, viticulture, and music intersect to create an experience that engages all the senses.
The wine selection at Bloco showcases the diversity and innovation of Portugal’s low-intervention winemaking, with a focus on bottles that tell a story of sustainable practices and artisanal craftsmanship.
Cocktails at Bloco are crafted with the same attention to detail and creativity as the wine list, featuring a mix of classic recipes and innovative creations that utilize high-quality ingredients and bold flavor combinations. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a cocktail enthusiast, Bloco offers something to tantalize your taste buds, something that extends to the food menu, prepared by Sílvia Rocha, chef with international experience, who happens to also be the owner’s girlfriend. This is a great place to come and enjoy a few glasses of wine, delicious bites, relax and, if you’re in the mood for it, dance a little bit too!
📍Rua Nova da Trindade 11 L, 1200-301 Lisbon
Tricky’s has carved a niche for itself in Lisbon’s eclectic food and wine scene, thanks to a dynamic team of sommeliers and chefs who bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to every aspect of the establishment.
Chef João Magalhães Correia, known for his work at Água pela Barba and Season, leads Tricky’s culinary adventure. João and his team craft an innovative menu of small plates that draws inspiration from Asian, Italian, and Portuguese cuisines. Complementing the exquisite food offerings is a curated selection of natural wines, chosen by a sommelier team led by Jenifer Duke, whose expertise gained at Rebel Rebel is well-known among natural wine aficionados. This selection emphasizes respect for the season and a close collaboration with small producers, ensuring that each bottle reflects the terroir’s authenticity and the winemaker’s vision.
Tricky’s philosophy is encapsulated in its slogan: “Drink. Dine. Dance.” This mantra reflects the team’s desire to offer more than just a meal or a glass of wine. They basically aim to provide a comprehensive experience that caters to all aspects of a fun night out, encouraging everyone to drink, dine, and dance the night away!
📍Rua da Boavista 112, 1200-262 Lisbon
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Santos, Insaciável brings a slice of French culinary flare to Lisbon, intertwined with local flavors and seasonal ingredients. Owned by French enthusiasts who have brought their passion for food and wine to the Portuguese capital, Insaciável has quickly become a favorite among those who appreciate the finesse of French cuisine and the richness of Portuguese produce.
The menu at Insaciável is a testament to the owners’ roots, featuring classic French delicacies such as pâtés, rillettes, and other gourmet selections that evoke the essence of French dining. However, the commitment to embracing local flavors is equally evident, with offerings of local charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and fresh oysters from Setúbal.
Insaciável’s dedication to quality extends to its wine list, which boasts a wide selection of Portuguese and international wines. Described as “vibrant” by the owners, the array of wines at Insaciável has been carefully chosen to complement the menu and cater to a diverse palate.
With its blend of seasonal flavors, vibrant wines, and a touch of French flair, Insaciável invites you to savor the best of two culinary worlds in the heart of Lisbon.
Because of its ever-changing menu, each visit offers something new to discover, making Insaciável a place to return to time and again!
📍Rua da Esperança 156, 1200-660 Lisbon
Rude stands as a bold expression of creativity and flair in the heart of Anjos, a neighborhood known for its eclectic vibes. Under the guidance of restaurateur Gonçalo Salgado and chef Eugeniu Musteata, both from the respected 100 Maneiras group, Rude has carved out a space where ”Funky wines, Tasty bites, and Rude vibes” converge to offer a unique drinking and dining experience.
Housed in a space that once was a charcuterie, Rude pays homage to its historical roots with a decor that elegantly incorporates the original marble counter. At the core of Rude’s offering is an impressive selection of low-intervention, natural wines that showcase the best of Portugal’s vinous innovations. With a commitment to expanding their repertoire, the team at Rude promises an ever-evolving wine list that already boasts more than 50 labels. Among the standout wines is the Maldito Tinto, a label crafted by chef Ljubomir Stanisic, also from the 100 Maneiras group. This choice reflects Rude’s philosophy of supporting wines with personality and a story to tell.
The culinary offerings at Rude are no less impressive. The menu is predominantly composed of cold dishes full of personality, that are materializations of chef Eugeniu Musteata‘s creativity.
Rude’s soul is encapsulated in its name – a nod to the unapologetic and bold character that defines every aspect of the experience it offers. From the choice of wines to the design of the menu and the ambiance of the space, everything at Rude is crafted to challenge conventions and celebrate the joy of discovery.
📍Rua de Macau 2 A, 1170-203 Lisbon
🍷🍾 Red Nose
Red Nose is a hybrid destination which blends the appeal of a wine bar with the convenience of a specialty grocery store (see more natural wine specialized stores in Lisbon below, marked with 🍾).
This innovative concept allows Red Nose to welcome guests until 11 PM and extend its hospitality until midnight on Saturdays, offering a cozy retreat for wine enthusiasts and foodies alike, long after most specialty shops have closed their doors.
At the heart of Red Nose’s identity is its exclusive devotion to natural wines. This dedication is not just about offering a selection of wines but about creating an immersive educational experience.
They host themed tastings weekly, as Red Nose’s mission is not only to make these wines available but also to educate the public on their unique characteristics, the stories of the winemakers, and the sustainable philosophies that guide their production.
Complementing its exquisite wine selection, Red Nose boasts a culinary offering that pays homage to French gastronomy, namely featuring a selection of French cheeses and charcuteries. This is a lovely spot in Campo de Ourique to come hang out with friends who may share a passion for natural wines and artisanal food.
📍Rua Almeida e Sousa 10C, 1250-065 Lisbon
SEM elevates the concept of dining in Lisbon to an art form, merging the realms of a restaurant and a gastronomic experience with a profound dedication to natural wines. Far surpassing the typical wine bar, SEM is a sanctuary for those who seek to indulge in culinary creations that are delectable and responsible. The philosophy that guides SEM’s wine selection is a reflection of the team’s values: “We serve wines we love to drink. Produced by people, not corporations, who care for the soil, grape, and cellar without chemicals and with minimal intervention. And within each bottle is an expression of that small patch of land and the personalities of those who let winemaking take its natural course.”
At the core of SEM is a commitment to regeneration and responsibility, not just in the wines it selects but in every aspect of its operation. The restaurant is a fervent advocate for organic food, with a significant majority of its ingredients sourced from regenerative agriculture producers with whom the team has built strong relationships. This approach ensures that SEM’s culinary offerings are not only sustainable but also a direct reflection of the land’s bounty.
SEM’s tasting menu, comprising eight moments, is a testament to the creativity and adaptability required to work exclusively with what is available at any given time. This limitation is not seen as a constraint but as an opportunity to craft a menu that genuinely mirrors the happenings in the field. The result is a dining experience that evolves in symbiosis with Portugal’s micro-seasonal changes, offering guests a unique insight into the natural rhythm of local agriculture.
In embracing regenerative agriculture, SEM not only prioritizes the health of the planet but also promotes the flavors and quality that can only come from ingredients produced with care and respect for the environment. The restaurant’s focus on natural wines complements this philosophy perfectly, offering guests a selection of beverages that are as thoughtful and conscientious as the food on their plates. Because the menu at SEM is subject to constant transformation, we love to take this as an open invitation to come back time and time again, to explore the depth and diversity of Portuguese agriculture and its flavors.
📍Rua das Escolas Gerais 120, 1100-220 Lisbon
🍷 Locals and Nomads
Locals and Nomads offers an immersive experience into the diverse world of natural wines.
It is both a wine bar and shop which transcends its physical space in Graça, with an online store (which delivers all throughout the EU and the UK) that has a staggering selection of over 150 natural wines, Pét-Nat, ciders, and more.
Locals and Nomads modus operandi is built around the idea of discovery and exploration. They focus on showcasing emerging talent and lesser-known gems.
Mini tastings at Locals and Nomads offer an intimate and educational dive into the world of terroir-driven winemaking. These sessions are about tasting wine, but also about expanding your wine knowledge and understanding the intricate dance between vine, soil, and climate.
Complementing the wine experience, a selection of delightful snacks ensures that your taste buds are well catered to while visiting. The menu, like their wine list, focuses on quality and simplicity, providing the perfect accompaniment to your wine of choice. Whether you’re exploring the nuanced world of natural wines from the comfort of your home or soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of their Graça bar, Locals and Nomads invites you to join their community of wine enthusiasts!
📍Tv. do Monte 1, 1170-296 Lisbon
Other restaurants and wine bars in Lisbon who may not exclusively focus on organic, natural and biodynamic wines, but that do nonetheless include some of these references on their drinks list and which we think are worth a visit (because of the wine and the food they serve!), include:
📍Praça das Flores 43, 1200-192 Lisbon
📍Rua Carrilho Videira 20B, 1170-079 Lisbon
📍Av. 24 de Julho 170, 1350-352 Lisbon
📍Rua dos Prazeres 10A, 1200-817 Lisbon
Wine tasting in Lisbon can be enjoyed at these and other venues across the city, all with their own unique approach to sourcing, serving, and pairing. This exploration of Lisbon’s wine bars and specialty shops reveals not just the heterogeneity of Portugal’s wine offerings but also the city’s commitment to fostering spaces where locals and travelers alike can gather, learn, and indulge in the pleasures of the vine!
Article by :
Zara Quiroga (freelance food writer and food & cultural leader at Oh! My Cod Pico Trips)
Sílvia Olivença (anthropologist and food guide/CEO at Oh! My Cod Ethnographic Food Tours & Trips)
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