The Garrafeira Nacional opened in 1927 in a smaller space and under a different name: Mercearia Nacional, i.e. as a grocery store. The MN abbreviation can still be found on the shop door handles. The grocery store gradually reduced its assortment, in other words, it became more specialised. First it concentrated on beverages and dried fruits and then exclusively on beverages. Today its stocks one of the largest ranges of Portuguese wines in the country, including rare wines. The prices for many precious bottles run to three digits, but there are some that cost four or five-digit prices. Liquid gold, or almost.
At one counter there is a map of the different types of Portuguese wines and their denominations of origin. Garrafeira Nacional offers a pedagogic and educational slant – on the specific nature of the wines on sale and the art of winemaking in general. Which is why advice is an important part of the sale – both instore and on the website. The website also offers a virtual tour of the shop space.
Wines and spirits.