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Back to Lisbon, December 1st 2012, Hotel Florida – Adegga Wine Market “THE” Place to be !
For it’s 4th edition, the Wine Market reached once again a very great success!
It’s a project of Adegga, the largest wine website review and sharing platform.
Born of the ideas of Andre Ribeirinho, Andre Cid & Emidio Santos.
The concept and ideas:
A wine tasting in an informal setting with some of the best wines and producers from Portugal. The main lines are tasting, choosing & favorite and purchase for the interested !
So for me as wine professional and sommelier it was exceptional to see great concept like this based and aimed for the final consumer ! Since I use to go more in the traditional wine fairs most of the time reserved to wine business and professional, so really limit the marketing and force to a pre selection.
This Wine Market is really attending as I could see & note, main point is sharing time between the consumer & the producers were both are sharing experiences, knowledge and wine passion or looking to know more.
Also, the tables stretched along the wall, so the producers are standing in front of the tables and creating a better contact with the customers, a great social and sharing environment ! It opens up the wine world for the consumer, helping him to discover, that most of the time in other occasions could be intimidated , in an casual and easy way. They feel free and confortable, sharing with friends and others !
Back in time and today:
The first edition of Adegga Wine Market was representing 13 producers, 300 visitors, this year for the 4th edition they reached over 800 visitors, 300 different wines, 40 producers were present, over 900 glasses used to sip lovely wines. A Premium Room with a magical tasting of 25 different wines united 75 people on 3 sessions who had the privilege to taste 25 magical wines and ports. Among them was presented a vertical of Charmes from Niepoort, Burmester Colheita 1937, Niepoort VV ( based on 1863 dominant blend with 1931, stored in demijohn in 1972), some Colheitas port from 1941, 1952, 1967, 1976, also Mouchao Colheitas Antigas 2002 Magnum reserved especially for the event, and so on …
A very successful event, entry fee is 10 Euros so a very gentle price to taste over 300 wines and share a good moment with friends and wine producers, a top value for money.
The Premium Tasting room is a special entry fee of an extra 35 per person. I would say really cheap and really worth it for this travel back in time and printing in your memory some magical tastes that you might have once in your life time! And to make it event better some top quality chocolate is proposed to taste with each port according to the port producer advice.
Organized in the center of Lisbon, the Adegga Wine Market is really close to any major transport, either bus, taxi, metro.
If you live abroad like me the plane tickets to Lisbon are a really moderate price and the airport is placed right into the city, 10 minutes by cab to head to the top city center. When you land you feel like drowning in the buildings!
Lisbon is also a lovely touristic city, with top quality food and cheap accommodations, cost of life is really nice and comfortable. Center place of a huge culture around wine and food, Lisbon and the Adegga Wine Market might surprise a lot of people!
For this edition most of the guest where Portuguese but also some people came from abroad from US, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Norway, Netherlands… looks like this event might come on an international customers reach!
What Future and Development?
The Adegga Wine Market has become a major event in Portugal and reached a lot of people that use to go to other events. Remember that the producers are selected for the originality and quality, the products you can find there are most of all good relation quality / price even sometimes amazing!
So they are actually thinking to export this Wine Market concept abroad in 2013 ! 2 dates in Portugal in June and December, and then maybe export the concept in Belgium and Switzerland !
My Shopping Cart Note:
There was really a great assortment a wine at the Adegga Wine Market very wide representing sparkling, white, red, rosé & fortified.
Here follows my picks:
Best value for money:
Concieto & Contraste – Douro – Rita Marques – from 8 to 15 euros
Torre do Fradde Virgo Tinto & Branco – Alentejo – 9 euros
Niepoort LBV 2008 – Douro – 12 euros
Quinta do Popa – Prefacio Branco – Douro – 4 euros
Quinta do Noval – Unfiltered LBV 2005 – Douro – 14 euros
Quinta do Portal Femina 2011 – Douro – 8 euros
Pocas Colheita 1988 – Douro – 26 euros
Quinta do Barranco Longo – Grande Escolha & Viognier – Algarve – 9 & 14 euros
Quinta do Portal – Colheita Branco 2006 – 12 euros
Luiz Pato – Bairrada – Formal 2003 – 18 euros
Quinta do Popa – Douro - Milf & Lolita - 15 euros
Julia Kemper 2009 – Dao – 13 euros
Niepoort Projectos Moscatel Docil 2010 – Douro – 15 euros
Anima L8 ( sangiovese) – Herdade do Portocarro – Setubal – 23 euros
Niepoort Tiara 2011 – Douro – 16 euros
Quinta do Popa – VV 2008 – Douro 19 euros
Exclusive at Premium price & Value:
Quinta do Noval Vintage 2008 – Douro – 75 euros
Icon d’Azamor 2004 – Alentejano – 45 euros
Esporao Private Selection 2009 – Alentejo – 31 euros
Mouchao Colheitas Antiguas 2002 – Alentejo – 46 euros
Herdade do Portocarro 2008 – Setubal – 30 euros
Quinta da Leda 2009 – Douro – 30 euros
Grahams 20 Y Tawny - Douro – 35 euros
Top 6 Ports from the Premium Tasting Room:
Top Wines from the Premium Tasting Room:
After all I can say frankly that all the wines in the Premium Tasting Room and the Adegga Wine Market presented by the producers where all of a top level, some marked me more than others. I can just say that the range of wines presented was of an overall amazing compare to professional wines fairs where I use to go !
And I’m sorry but I couldn’t taste all the wines, because of large assortment of quality wine! Will taste other ones on the next Adegga Wine Market edition.
Thanks to all the #WINELOVER s that attended the event !!
Congratulations to the Adegga team for a really great job!
PS: For more Pictures you can access my pictures on my Facebook file: ADEGGA WINE MARKET 2012 . Epic Era
For use of any picture for any edition don’t hesitate to contact me !
I’ll be back!
It was an amazing experience!!
Cheers #WINELOVER !!
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