Pedro Ramos, head sommelier at Feitoria

This interview is part of a Soi 55 series called ‘My Perfect Day in Portugal’ which features local people and businesses in Portugal. Read more about it here.

How do you know Candy/ How did we meet?

We haven’t met personally (yet), but somehow you found me on IG during the Pandemic, right?

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I’m from Belo Horizonte – Brazil, I live in Lisbon since 2014 and do consider it home. 

What do you love most about where you live?

I love the sense of peace and security in whichever time of the day. Something I didn’t have when I lived in Rio de Janeiro, where I lived most part of my life. 

Can you tell us more about your business?

I am the Head Sommelier at Feitoria, 1 Michelin star in Belém Lisbon. 

Through the pandemic in 2020 my wife and I began to desenvolve our channel through Instagram @pedrones_somm, and talk about wine in a more approachable way. 

This year I became a Wine Educator for the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) in Lisbon. I’ve found it to be really gratifying. My students have been doing great and I find amusing when I get referred to as “Professor”. 

What is your favourite region in Portugal and why?

Douro Valley. I find it one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. No matter how many times I go there, it always takes my breath away. 

Portugal’s best kept secret is _________{fill in the blank}.

Oysters! They’re such great quality… and you have 3 different regions: Tavira (Algarve), Setúbal, Ria de Aveiro. 

If you could only eat one Portuguese dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Plumas / Secretos de Porco Preto 

If you could only drink one Portuguese wine for the rest of your life what would it be?

Carrocel by Alvaro Castro – Dão Valley, best Touriga Nacional ever. 

Team Sagres or Superbock?

SUPERBOCK of course!

And finally…describe your perfect day in Portugal…

There is a really small bakery close to my house that’s been around since the 1920s and from time to time I love getting their fresh bread and pastries during my morning walks with my dog Jesse. 

For lunch I would go to Marisqueira do Lis, get some amêijoas à bulhão pato and main course Camarão Tigre (Tiger Prawn) that are just insanely tasty. Wash that down with a nice Alvarinho. 

I’d then up to Graça , find a cool ice team parlor to freshen things up and see my favorite view point of the City – Nossa Senhora do Monte. Get a fresh beer nearby, either a Super Bock or a Craft Beer at 8ª Colina

After that I would go for some good wines at Vino Vero, they have great snacks to pair the delish wines they got. Portuguese & international – Organics, Bio, Natural, you name it. 

If I’d feel like having a good dinner, I would walk to SEM – an all ‘Zero Waste’ concept restaurant with fresh farm to table products. 

I think I’d call that an almost to perfect day. There’s plenty to do in the city!



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