Wine Tasting in Ericeira: The Best wineries and Tours 2024
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Ericeira is an incredible place to visit if you’re into renting a surfboard going down to one of the many beaches and riding the waves. But it’s also an incredible place to enjoy Portuguese gastronomy and its restaurants.
I lived in Ericeira for many year and alway loved the interesting places to eat, as well as unique wine-tasting experiences. My favorite was visiting the wineries in September while they were collecting the grapes. Always so much fun, especially at Quinta da Santana or Ramilo Wines!
Look no further than the independent regional wine producers scattered throughout the area to get a taste of what there is on offer along the Portuguese coast. From small, family-owned businesses to some of the larger, best wineries in Portugal, I always appreciated how there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
But if you’d rather let someone else do all the hard work, there are also organized wine tours that visit several different wineries in one day. You can even do it as a bike tour! Here are some of the best ones to check out.
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In case you don’t have time to read it all, here is our top recommendation for the best wine tasting in Ericeira.
The Best Wine Tasting Experience -🍇 Quinta da Santana – Visit the family run property and go back in time as you wander through the vineyards and take in the majestic beauty of a traditional Portuguese winery. Truly top notch although its not always available.
The Best Organised Tours– 🚲🍷 Winetasting Bike Tour – Have fun seeing the sights from a bike and finish off the experience with a wine tasting experience at one of the local wineries.
Wine Tasting Ericeira: Independent Wine Producers
There are several excellent independent wine producers all within a 20 minute drive from Ericeira. I actually took a few days to visit them all a few weeks ago and had a very pleasant time! Generally, wine tastings take about 1 hour, but can take up to 2 hours if a vineyard visit is included. Read on for more information.
Quinta de Santana
This vineyard is located about a 20 minute drive inland from Ericeira. It offers one of the most authentic experiences since it is a traditional family vineyard bought by a large family of 8 many years ago.
The wine-producing segment has been kept up by James, the owner, and now his wife and her team orchestrate fabulous weddings held among the vines each summer.
Wine tastings here allow you a glimpse of times past in the small regional villages of this part of Portugal. The guided visit takes you through the vines where you’ll probably meet the heard of sheep grazing under the orange trees. Next, you will be taken to the winery and shown the process the grapes go through.
Quinta de Santana offers different types of tastings, differing by number and type of wine, whether food is included or not and how exclusive, or private your tour is. Prices range from 25 to 150 Euros. Click here to view the Quinta de Santana wine tasting menu. Bookings should be made online, and the date confirmed after purchase. Tastings take place at 11:00 am or 3 pm, depending on availability.
This winery is a newer addition to the region. Bought by a Brazilian about 20 years ago, several dilapidated and abandoned buildings with vines on the land were rehabilitated, and renovated to create the structure we can visit today.
A modern application of existing techniques created some prize-winning wines and some surprisingly delicious variations on old-world grapes which were thought to have disappeared.
A visit will take you through the wine museum, show you the winery and its modern installations, and then to watch a video about the history of the region and the buildings which were rehabilitated to make this project possible.
Here wine tastings go from 20 to 40 Euros, depending on how many wines are included in the visit and whether finger food is included in the experience. Bookings can be made online.
If you’re looking for a wine-tasting experience with a personal touch, Ramilo is the place to go. This family-owned business has been passed down through the generations, and today they still grow their own grapes in the beautiful hills around Ericeira as well as further south near Sintra.
When I stopped here for a visit I was warmly received by Joao, the chief winemaker, who was driving a grape-laden tractor in from the fields. We sat at the beautiful stone slab table where wine tastings take place, and enjoyed the view of the vineyard while we chatted.
Wine tastings here are done from Monday to Friday at 2 pm, include 4 different wines and cost 30 Euros per person. If you want to add on some regional tapas dishes, that will set you back an extra 10 Euros per head. Make sure to reserve ahead of time by emailing or calling since they are not always at the shop.
Adega Mae is a much larger wine producer slightly north of Ericeira in Torres Vedras, about a 30 minutes drive from Ericeira. It has very modern installations and incredible architecture which works to highlight the beautiful views of the rolling hills covered in rows of grape vines.
Here you can do a wine tasting, or have brunch with wine pairing. For larger groups, lunch or dinner are available as well. Wine tastings start at 15 Euros and up and bookings can be made online.
You can also try being a winemaker for a day, where you get to create your own wine and go through the entire wine-making process. It’s a great way to learn more about wine and get creative. The wine-tasting experience is an unforgettable one, as you will be able to taste the wine straight from the barrels, learning more about wine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Haja Cortezia Wines
If you’re looking for a wine-tasting experience in Ericeira that will transport you to the heart of Portugal, look no further than Haja Cortezia Wines. This small family business close to Sao Juliao beach offers wine tastings in their wine cellar, as well as vineyard tours.
They also serve exquisite dinners with wine pairings, making it the perfect spot for an immersive wine-centric experience. With a minimum of 4 people, wine tastings can include 3 or 4 wines. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience some of the excellent local wine and a vineyard tour at one of Ericeira’s newest wine producers.
Wine Tasting in Ericeira: Organized Wine Tours
This wine-tasting bike tour is a delectable way to see the beautiful surroundings of Ericeira while sampling some of the local wine. The tour starts in Ericeira and takes you through the countryside to Manzwine winery, where you can try some of the award-winning wine made on-site. You will also get the chance to try some of the delicious local food, and all in the company of friendly and knowledgeable Bruno and Marco.
The tour includes top-quality equipment and a picnic of local delicacies halfway through, so you can recharge your energy levels to continue wine tasting. It’s also an ideal activity for families with children above 8 years of age as the winery has special drinks just for them.
Renting a bike is a great way to experience this area. This tour is one of our favorites and a must-do for any wine lover visiting Ericeira.
✅ Click here to book the Wine Tasting Bike Tour.
The Vintage Countryside Gastronomic Tour is the perfect way to relax and take in the beautiful Portuguese countryside. The tour starts in Sintra, and begins with a short hike to a hidden waterfall, followed by wine tastings and a delicious organic picnic.
You’ll be able to enjoy the salty wind in your hair with stunning views of the seaside town of Ericeira while savoring local wine and food. This is a great tour for those who want to enjoy the beautiful rural landscape and the unforgettable panoramic views from Ericeira.
This tour gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional Portuguese culture while sampling some of the finest wine that Portugal has to offer. The tour lasts 4 and a half hours and can be done with two people in a Citroen 2cv or more in a VW classic van. This tour is weather dependent and should not be missed!
✅ Click to book the Vintage Countryside Gastronomic Tour.
Although this tour is more expensive, it is a good deal if you’ve got a larger group since the price goes down as the group size increases. It includes entrance to Mafra’s Palace, Aldeia Jose Franco’s miniature village, the traditional Portuguese Aldeia da Mata Pequena, a walking tour and lunch in Ericeira, and a wine tasting at Manzwine. It is an 8 hour, full day tour with hotel pickup anywhere between Ericeira/Sintra and Lisbon.
✅ Click here to book the Rural Beach and Wine Tour.
Yearly Wine Tasting Event in Ericeira
This year, one of the coworking studios in Ericeira village started an annual event which quickly became very popular! The festival, combining regional wine tasting and jazz, food trucks and an urban market had an excellent turnout at over 600 people.
The event takes place in June in a large private villa close to Ericeira’s center and costs just 12 Euro per head. A great time was had by all so be sure to join next year if you are in town in June!
Wine Tasting in Ericeira: The Wrap Up
Portugal is known for its wine, and what could be a better way to experience the wine culture of this area than by doing wine tastings in Ericeira? There are a number of different wine tasting opportunities in the area, from small family businesses to larger organized tours. Whether you’re looking for a full-day tour or just a few hours of fun, Ericeira has something for everyone when it comes to wine tasting!