Exploring Food and Wine in Lisbon and Alentejo

Since October 2016, I've had the unique opportunity to explore Portugal's amazing yet underrated food and wine scene. It's incredible how there's so much talent and creativity in such a small radius! 

I'm extremely grateful to take these experiences back to the U.S. to share with travel show participants around the country. My latest presentation was actually titled "Portugal: How to Enjoy Europe's Hidden Gem Like a Bon Vivant" (Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show 2017). The timing for this could not have been better! 

Again, I would like to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to making this project a huge success. So far, I've visited 25 vineyards, 4 wine resorts, 26 restaurants and 5 food and wine trade shows.  I've had the opportunity to meet some of Portugal's most creative winemakers, master chefs, local culinary superstars and food and wine critics.  

Muito obrigada a todos pelo carinho, hospitalidade e atenção!   Um forte abraço, Sheree M. Mitchell

Sheree m. mitchell with chef pedro mendes of maria pia in cascais

Sheree m. mitchell with chef pedro mendes of maria pia in cascais

Sheree mitchell with the travel detective Peter Greenberg and friends at skybar hotel tivoli in lisbon

Sheree mitchell with the travel detective Peter Greenberg and friends at skybar hotel tivoli in lisbon

Sheree m. mitchell with pedro mateus and father of casa mateus in sesimbra, portugal 

Sheree m. mitchell with pedro mateus and father of casa mateus in sesimbra, portugal 

Sheree M. Mitchell at pestana palace with chef pedro marques and monica soares  

Sheree M. Mitchell at mesa com pao. Pictured is owner jose teixeira 

Sheree M. Mitchell at mesa com pao. Pictured is owner jose teixeira 

Sheree M. Mitchell At taberna da rua das flores. owner & Chef andre magalhaes and friends. 

Sheree M. Mitchell At taberna da rua das flores. owner & Chef andre magalhaes and friends. 

Sheree M. Mitchell At Queijaria Cheese Shop with owner pedro cardoso and friend andre magalhaes 

Sheree M. Mitchell At Queijaria Cheese Shop with owner pedro cardoso and friend andre magalhaes 

Sheree m. Mitchell with andrea smith, sommelier for the insolito restaurante 

Sheree m. Mitchell with andrea smith, sommelier for the insolito restaurante 

Sheree M. Mitchell at the insolito restaurante 

Sheree M. Mitchell at the insolito restaurante 

Sheree M. Mitchell at the insolito restaurante 

Sheree M. Mitchell at the insolito restaurante 

Sheree m. Mitchell 40 meters (131 ft) underground with herdade de freixo's marketing director carolina tome

Sheree m. Mitchell 40 meters (131 ft) underground with herdade de freixo's marketing director carolina tome

Sheree M. Mitchell visiting herdade de freixo, first underground winery in europe (40 meters/131 feet) 

Sheree M. Mitchell visiting herdade de freixo, first underground winery in europe (40 meters/131 feet) 

 
Sheree M. mitchell at hotel marmoris with s&M director, susete alves

Sheree M. mitchell at hotel marmoris with s&M director, susete alves

Lunch with herdade das servas' amazing support team 

Lunch with herdade das servas' amazing support team 

 
 
owners and master chef at herdade das servas restaurant  

owners and master chef at herdade das servas restaurant  

herdade das servas owner luis mira (center) 

herdade das servas owner luis mira (center) 

tiago caravana of vinhos do alentejo 

tiago caravana of vinhos do alentejo 

Maria joåo de almeida, famous portuguese journalist & wine critic 

Maria joåo de almeida, famous portuguese journalist & wine critic 

Malhadinha nova luxury country house, spa and vineyards with owner & CEO rita soares (left) 

Malhadinha nova luxury country house, spa and vineyards with owner & CEO rita soares (left) 

executive Chef miguel Laffan of l'and vineyards resort

executive Chef miguel Laffan of l'and vineyards resort

sommelier gonçalo mendes of l'and vineyards resort 

sommelier gonçalo mendes of l'and vineyards resort 

 
executive chef miguel laffan of l'and vineyards resort 

executive chef miguel laffan of l'and vineyards resort 

 
wine manager Cristina Laffan oliveira of l'and vineyards resort 

wine manager Cristina Laffan oliveira of l'and vineyards resort 

WINEMAKER IAIN C. REYNOLDS RICHARDSON OF HERDADE DO MOUCHÅO

WINEMAKER IAIN C. REYNOLDS RICHARDSON OF HERDADE DO MOUCHÅO

 
gen. manager  & Winemaker Alexandre relvas of herdade såo miguel 

gen. manager  & Winemaker Alexandre relvas of herdade såo miguel 

Winemaker filipe teixeira pinto of herdade do sobroso 

Winemaker filipe teixeira pinto of herdade do sobroso 

herdade do sobroso

herdade do sobroso

Filipe teixeira pinto & Sofia ginestal machado of herdade do sobroso

Filipe teixeira pinto & Sofia ginestal machado of herdade do sobroso

winemakers mariana lança & father, antonio manuel lança of herdade grande 

winemakers mariana lança & father, antonio manuel lança of herdade grande 

Winemakers MARIANA LANÇA & FATHER, ANTONIO MANUEL LANÇA OF HERDADE GRANDE

Winemakers MARIANA LANÇA & FATHER, ANTONIO MANUEL LANÇA OF HERDADE GRANDE

Winemaker bernardo cabral with mr. & mrs. ole martin siem of herdades da frupor 

Winemaker bernardo cabral with mr. & mrs. ole martin siem of herdades da frupor 

luis mota veiga, bernardo cabral, mr. & mrs. ole martin siem celebrating vicentino wines near herdades da frupor 

luis mota veiga, bernardo cabral, mr. & mrs. ole martin siem celebrating vicentino wines near herdades da frupor 

winemaker diogo pereirra and romaneira representative at encontro com o vinho e sabores, lisbon 2016 

winemaker diogo pereirra and romaneira representative at encontro com o vinho e sabores, lisbon 2016 

gen. manager & winemaker pedro ribeiro of herdade do rocim 

gen. manager & winemaker pedro ribeiro of herdade do rocim 

drs. pedro & Ana rebelo of herdade torre de palma boutique hotel 

drs. pedro & Ana rebelo of herdade torre de palma boutique hotel 

director of wine tourism pedro zacarias of tiago cabaço wines  

director of wine tourism pedro zacarias of tiago cabaço wines  

managers joåo carmona, mariana carmona & winemaker nuno elias of herdade do monte da ribeira 

managers joåo carmona, mariana carmona & winemaker nuno elias of herdade do monte da ribeira 

sommelier nuno oliveira of bairro do avillez 

sommelier nuno oliveira of bairro do avillez 

josé gonçalves of monte novo e figueirinha  

josé gonçalves of monte novo e figueirinha  

winemaker iain C. reynolds richardson & colleague of herdade do mouchåo

winemaker iain C. reynolds richardson & colleague of herdade do mouchåo

quinta do quetzal 

quinta do quetzal 

bairro do avillez 

bairro do avillez 

gen. manager reto Jorg of quinta do quetzal 

gen. manager reto Jorg of quinta do quetzal 

bairro do avillez 

bairro do avillez 

GEN. MANAGER RETO JORG OF QUINTA DO QUETZAL

GEN. MANAGER RETO JORG OF QUINTA DO QUETZAL

winemaker diogo pereira of 111vinhos 

winemaker diogo pereira of 111vinhos 

gen. manager reto jorg of quinta do quetzal  

gen. manager reto jorg of quinta do quetzal  

belcanto by josé avillez 

belcanto by josé avillez 

gen. manager filipe ramos cameirinha of monte novo e figueirinha  

gen. manager filipe ramos cameirinha of monte novo e figueirinha  

DRS. PEDRO & ANA REBELO OF HERDADE TORRE DE PALMA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

DRS. PEDRO & ANA REBELO OF HERDADE TORRE DE PALMA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

public relations director, anabela pinheiro of ribafreixo 

public relations director, anabela pinheiro of ribafreixo 

lively dinner group at vovo joaquina in beja 

lively dinner group at vovo joaquina in beja 

RIBAFREIXO

RIBAFREIXO

gen. manager alexandre relvas of herdade sao miguel

gen. manager alexandre relvas of herdade sao miguel

Mariana carmona of herdade do monte da ribeira

Mariana carmona of herdade do monte da ribeira

chef paula caetano of ribafreixo 

chef paula caetano of ribafreixo 

mariana carmona & nuno elias of herdade do monte da ribeira 

mariana carmona & nuno elias of herdade do monte da ribeira 

isabel bastos of don maria wines 

isabel bastos of don maria wines 

executive chef ljubomir stanisic of 100 maneiras 

executive chef ljubomir stanisic of 100 maneiras 

adega & restaurant pais das uvas 

adega & restaurant pais das uvas 

IAIN C. REYNOLDS RICHARDSON OF HERDADE DO MOUCHÅO

IAIN C. REYNOLDS RICHARDSON OF HERDADE DO MOUCHÅO

tiago caravana of vinhos do alentejo 

tiago caravana of vinhos do alentejo 

vila de frades 

vila de frades 

GEN. MANAGER ALEXANDRE RELVAS OF HERDADE SAO MIGUEL

GEN. MANAGER ALEXANDRE RELVAS OF HERDADE SAO MIGUEL