Located in a corner house belonging to the Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca, in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, the newly opened new space offers a concept of sharing regional snacks prepared by chef Luís Barradas, properly harmonized with the producer's wines.
After a few years in Lisbon, where he associated himself with a winebar of the capital, in chiado, José Maria da Fonseca decided to change its strategy and open a space next to its head office, the Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca, in Azeitão. It is called Wine Corner and, due to the place where it is located, it has always been called the Casa do Canto (for being on a corner), in fact, the cafeteria where JMF workers used to eat lunch. Thus, after a renovation where the style of the space was maintained, including some tables and chairs that already existed there in times past and that were used for decoration, this old cafeteria is now a relaxed place that provides a complete experience, where visitors can experience the entire wine portfolio accompanied by simple and regional dishes with a gastronomic twist.
According to the head of Wine Tourism and Communication of José Maria da Fonseca, Sofia Soares Franco (pictured, with her family, descendants of the founder of the company) the creation of this new space "aims to strengthen emotional ties with its consumers and provide moments of sharing where wine has a central role. The Wine Corner, for the family known as the old 'Casa de Canto', reinforces the company's wine tourism offer and provides a complete experience, where the wines combine with a gastronomic offer inspired by the region", he explains.
To design the menu, JMF invited a great gastronomic ambassador from Setúbal, chef Luís Barradas. Born and raised in that city, he sought to his memories the aromas and flavors of his past between Setúbal, Azeitão and Palmela, which date back to the sea and the mountains. In the letter created for the launch of Wine Corner by José Maria da Fonseca, the Chef offers us several gastronomic options.
For entry, the chef suggests regional bread, cheese boards and national sausages and also a trilogy of Tartars. In the dishes of the Sea, there are several options, among them a tuna tataki, tomato migas, coriander floor and poejo; the typical Choco Frito with mayonnaise and lime; Day fishing, lemon carolino, bivalves, allophytes and Sado algae. In the dishes of the Serra, the chef presents a carpaccio of veal; Iberian pork tusk, pepper sauce, clam, coriander and a creamy mushroom, as well as cured Azeitão cheese of 12 months. As a dessert, there is no shortage of the famous and typical Azeitão pie, but also other goodies such as chocolate mousse, drunk pear, piety crumble and Azeitão cheese ice cream with moscatel reduction José Maria da Fonseca.
Wine Corner by José Maria da Fonseca is available for 100 seats and has two interior rooms and two terraces. It will be open for lunch and dinner to the general public and visitors to the Museum House.
Finally, Wine Corner by José Maria da Fonseca will also function as Winebar, with the possibility of consuming the entire range by the glass, as well as snacks and tapas. The dishes are to share and harmonize with a wine portfolio ranging from vibrant white wines to fresh and aromatic whites, dry whites and minerals, complex whites and with structure; Young and fruity reds, reds with iconic structure and reds. For rosé connoisseurs, there is still a good selection. In addition to the wines, JMF also offers visitors cocktails, sparkling wines, fruity and refreshing sangrias, non-alcoholic wines, a vast and special selection of moscatéis and spirits. All this selection comes from 5 different regions: Setúbal Peninsula, Alentejo, Douro, Dão and Vinhos Verdes.