This post was originally published on Les 5 du Vin as part of our special series on independent wine shops.
Garrafeira Campo de Ourique
Name: Garrafeira Campo de Ourique
Address etc: R. Tomás da Anunciação 29 A, 1350-322 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: +351 21 397 3494
Now run by: Arlindo Santos and his daughter – Mafalda Santos
Total range: 5500
Wines – still and sparkling: 4000
Fortified wines: 1000 – mainly Port and Madeira
Beers – now stocking a small range of beers from three small breweries.
Other products: corkscrews and glasses – Schott Zwiesel.
Portugal:The Douro is the most popular followed by Lisboa and the Alentejo.
Mafalda reports that they are now selling a lot of Dão with demand also for Bairrada and Sétubal. The Garrafeira is quite unusual in offering old vintages of still wines back to at least 1988.
Arlindo Santos already had the delicatessen grocery store across the road. When this site became vacant in 1988 he decided to buy it and set up a wine shop. Mafalda started working with her father part-time in 1997 joining full-time in 2000.
“Our customers ask for advice all the time,” says Mafalfa. “They ask for suggestions on what wines to buy and also on pairing wines with the food they are planning to eat. Sometimes we suggest red wine with fish.” Fish, especially grilled and salt cod, is very popular in Portugal.
Although there are three supermarkets within a radius of about a mile, Mafalda doesn’t believe that they are in competition with the supermarkets. “We appeal to a different type of customer within a different range of wines. Nor are we more expensive than the supermarkets as we have wines from 4 € upwards. Furthermore we work directly with producers and avoid supermarket brands.”
“In the Lisbon region (formerly called Estremadura) Quinta do Rol (https://quintadorol.com/en/) sells well. Our range includes vintages back to 2006 along with their Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc varietals that are released when they are ready.”
Mafalda reports that there has been long been a demand for organic wines. However, this demand is definitely increasing. Now their clients are also asking for natural and over the past year – vegan wines. Mafalda is keen on wines with low or no So2 as she suffers from headaches from certain wines with too much sulphur, so this is an important consideration for her. “It is good for winemakers to have this discipline – there is no need to add lots of sulphur,” she says adding “I haven’t tasted a ‘natural’ wine that I like.”
Arlindo and Mafalda taste wines both in their shop and at wine fairs. “There is always something new to try,” says Mafalda.
After several false starts with web developers who promised much and then failed to deliver, the Santos now have their own website. “We launched about two months ago. We can sell on-line both in Portugal and outside. We have always offered the option of shipping but this is different as it gives us the possibility of widening our clientele.”