Lisbon, Portugal’s stunning capitol, has its own wine region. Despite coming in third in terms of physical region size, Lisbon is Portugal’s largest producer of wine by volume. The region was originally known as Estremadura, though confusion with Spain’s Estremadura wine region caused the Portuguese to change the name to the Lisbon wine region.
Much like Vinho Regional Alentejano, the Lisbon Vinho Regional label encompasses a number of sub-regions. Two of the better known sub-regions, Alenquer and Arruda, produce excellent red wines. Their warmer climate allows grapes to ripen without the stresses of cold weather. North of the city of Lisbon, Bucelas is known for producing delicious white and sparkling wines.
The Obidos DOC, also within Lisbon, is home to a spectacular medieval town. This area is also famous for the ferocious winds that blow across the water, creating world record waves for surfing. However, within the wine world, Obidos is known for some of the best sparkling wines in the Iberian Peninsula.
The other sub-regions of the Lisbon DOC are Bucelas, Carcavelos, Colares, Torres Vedras, Encosta, and Lourinhã.