Skip your lunch, or dinner reservations because you won’t be hungry after joining us for this tabletop tour of boutique foodstuffs & wines of Portugal.

The evening includes generous portions of the best charcuterie from Portugal. This includes Enchidos (Portuguese sausage), Pata Negra (acorn fed, free range, presunto), D.O.P. certified, artisan cheeses delivered fresh by the farmer, wood oven-baked breads, house cured olives, select olive oils, fruit preserves and boutique-handmade wines of Portugal.

Yes, a great secret is hard to keep quiet and this is certainly the case with Portuguese wines, which are the newest trend among wine aficionados and value-oriented wine-lovers alike. Discover why “Portugal is the Most Exciting Wine Place on the Planet Today”. A new breed of Portuguese winemakers have been hard at work over the last 25 years, and they are sweeping up International competitions and recognition at wine Expos from New York to Japan. In fact we were recently awarded one of the “Top 10 Wines of the World”.

This casual tasting takes place in a cozy and rustic wine house in the historic quarter where you can share in conversation about restaurants, wine, travel or just immerse yourself in the wine maps and materials provided by our passionate and knowledgeable experts. Start with the crisp refreshing whites like Vinho Verde, or jump right in to the smooth dried fruit and jammy reds. The evening’s selection is paired with locally produced foodstuffs that will seduce your pallet with tempting and savory flavors. We like to finish with a tasting of Port wine for those who are curious about Port.

Most of the wines presented are by small to medium sized winemakers which rarely appear in wine shops outside of Portugal. These wines represent old-traditional wine making techniques like foot pressing and midnight harvesting. At the end of the tour you will be in the historic center where you can explore the night life of Lisbon at your leisure.


starting at €160 total, not per person

2-hour private tabletop tour     •     private tastings any size you like     •     reservations required

discover the world of portuguese food & wine



We can arrange for a private luxury vehicle to transfer you to and from the tasting. At the end of your tasting we are happy to call a taxi to take you back to your accommodations. Most guests prefer to stay downtown to explore Lisbon's nightlife.



Food & wine items and guide knowledgeable of Portugal's food & wine regions.

One-way transfer uphill by taxi or tram from the historic center for parties of 3 or fewer.

VAT tax.



99.9% sitting down at a table. There may be a short walk downhill to reach the tasting room because cars and trolleys are restricted in the narrow historic streets.



Foodstuffs are served family style and made by boutique regional farms. Most with a DOC or DOP protected heritage designation for Portuguese and food and wines.



Hotel, apartment, ship dock, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.


         START TIMES

7-days a week, year round

Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 5:45pm

Custom start times subject to guide availability.


            TICKET FEES

There are no entry fees on this tabletop tour, which takes place at  one wine house.



Hotel transfers to historic center.

Additional food or beverages items not offered on tasting.

Parties of 4 or more require taxi, or transfer uphill from historic center to tasting.

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What you will learn:

Learn about the DOC wine regions of Portugal. Discover how the Portuguese influenced winemaking worldwide. Discover the secrets and myths around cork. Understand the types of Port wine, and varietals unique to Portugal, and much more about the sights around Lisbon. Discuss other restaurants around the city, where Portuguese can be found.

Evening includes:

Four glasses of premium reds and whites, shared plates of artisan cheeses, meats, fruit preserves, olive oils, cured olives and bread. Plus maps, wine lists and handouts to help you with finding your favorite Portuguese wines when you return home. Additional glasses of wine or food items may be purchased independently by each guest as they wish.

This is not a walking, Spanish tapas tour:

In Portugal our tradition is different from Spain. This is not a walking tour which goes to different tourist bars. It is a tabletop tour, which takes place at one location.

We want our guests to have an authentic experience, and to enjoy tapas and wine as locals do. We do not want to waste time waking guests up and down steep hills on cobblestones, between bars while drinking.

That would be a tourist experience that we prefer to avoid. As a result you will have more time to enjoy the generous variety of items offered instead of moving from one place to another.

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“This was more than food & wine, it was a feast for the senses... we learned so much”

We had taken a few wine tastings during our 5-days through Portugal, including a multi-day Port wine river cruise, but little did we realize until we spent an evening with Justin of Lisbon Explorer how misinformed we were by the other wine tours, and by the young kids who gave us information at Port wine cellars. If you are a serious wine connoisseur, or just a passionate foodie, don’t waste your time with amateurs. This will open your eyes to some rare wines that are not found outside of Portugal, and some amazing handmade foods they have brought fresh from the countryside.

David Sommers, San Francisco, CA. US


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