Wine, World and Hand2Hand

Wine, World and Hand2Hand

Today we could talk about vodka, but we won’t. Everyone knows that we probably would need an all-night to talk about it.
So let’s talk about wine. Today we’ll give you information which you might not know and show you some thoughts when it comes to get together wine and Hand2Hand.
All of you, by now, know Hand2Hand and there for can imagine where this will lead. But we invite you, dear consumers, travelers and adventurers, to stay with us and learn more in order to get the knowledge of what products you must look for.

Go For a Glass of Wine History
To begin, we’d like to give you some lights on what this world’s antique renowned drink is.
Wine, along with mead, is probably one of the oldest drinks in the world and definitely the most appreciated. It’s been a part of the world’s commercial and cultural evolution since always and we can see its representation on several art pieces and read about it in historical documents.
In fact, if we go back more than a couple of thousand years ago, we can find that the Greeks and the Romans even had their own gods for it – Dionysus and Bacchus, respectively. We also know that wine have a religious connection even nowadays – in the Catholic Church for instance, representing the Blood of Christ.
But was the Roman Empire who took the most important step in producing and commercialize wine. When they invaded Gaul (today, France) they conquered a region called Bordeaux, a land rich for its wine. Soon they learned that they could spread vineyards all across other regions. And so it began. Wine started to exist all over the Empire and several times as trade coin. Actually, some say that wine was how the Romans took the Nordics down on negotiations for Europe.
Since this time, every single continent in the world produces its own wine with its own taste, color, texture and smell. Also, a lot of wine has been drunk and a lot of history has been written.

Bottles Up: The World’s Most Exporting Countries
According to the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (International Organization for Vineyards and Wine), the global sales from wine exports made by countries amounted US$32,4 billion last year and set an increase by 1.7%, from 2015 to 2016.
From each producer continent, the one that stood up the most was Europe, worth 69.5% of the exported wine sales. Oceania, led by Australia and New Zealand, was followed by the Caribbean and Latin America exporters (with the exception of Mexico). Asia came before North America and Africa was the last in the list.
Overall, this were the 10 countries that exported the highest dollar value in wine, in 2016:
1. France (US$ 9.1 billion)
2. Italy (US$ 6.2 billion)
3. Spain (US$ 3 billion)
4. Chile (US$ 1.9 billion)
5. Australia (US$ 1.7 billion)
6. United States (US$ 1.6 billion)
7. New Zealand (US$ 1.1 billion)
8. Germany (US$ 1 billion)
9. Argentina (US$ 816.8 million)
10. Portugal (US$ 804.5 million)

Bottles Up: The World’s Most Importing Countries
The value of wine imports, presented by WTEx (World’s Top Exports),was totaled by US$32.9 billion, in 2016.
Again, Europe won on the imported wine with 48,8% of global total. The North Americans were in second, with 23,8%, while Asia was in third, with 21,5%. Although we have to say that the fastest-growing markets for wine since 2012 were China, Hong Kong, United States and France.
We now present you the Top 10 countries that imported the highest dollar value in 2016:
1. United States (US$ 5.8 billion)
2. United Kingdom (US$ 4.1 billion)
3. Germany (US$ 2.7 billion)
4. China (US$ 2.4 billion)
5. Canada (US$ 1.8 billion)
6. Hong Kong (US$ 1.6 billion)
7. Japan (US$ 1.5 billion)
8. Switzerland (US$ 1.1 billion)
9. Netherlands (US$ 1 billion)
10. Belgium (US$ 998.9 million)

A Bottom Up for Curiosities:
. Well, do you know which in the number of land areas under vines in Europe? According to a study made in April 2017, Spain covered a total area of 975 kha, while France, Italy, Portugal and Romania came after respectively. Outside Europe, China comes in first place with an impressive number of 847kha, followed by Turkey, United States, Argentina and Chile.
. Do you know that everyone loves wine? With that same study we can show you that, in the year 2000, the world consumed near 225mhl. But that number had (and has) a tendency to increase. In 2016 people consumed more than 242mhl worldwide.
. Did you ever wondered which countries were the greatest producers of wine? Well, we’ll tell it for you: the first place belongs to Italy, next we have France, in third we have Spain followed by the United States and then Australia.
. And also, if you are a traveler, we can tell you where you should mostly put up for sell the bottles of wine for this Christmas, since the top consumers of wine are the United States, France, Italy, Germany, China and United Kingdom.

So, now that we showed you some cool stories and information, it’s time for you to start doing some math and we’ll help you in less than 10 steps. Wait. You don’t believe it’s possible?
Let’s go then:
1. Download our app Hand2Hand;
2. Register
3. Associate your PayPal – to access the secure payment;
4. Choose any bottle of wine you want from all over the world;
5. Wait a few time until someone agrees to get it for you;
6. Receive the bottle and pay to the traveler;
7. Invite friends for dinner;
8. And put a big smile on your face with that special bottle of wine.

In Hand2Hand we like to show you the fantastic opportunities you have by using our app. They are plenty and we don’t even need to make an effort to think what to show you next. Actually, everything is so easy and smooth… Like a nice glass of wine, at home this Christmas. We all love it!
Don’t forget that to download our app on AppStore you just have to click here.
Hope you all liked our blog post for today.

Stay awesome,

The Hand2Hand Team

Lisbon, By A Digital Nomad

Lisbon, By A Digital Nomad

If you are a digital nomad and never went to Lisbon, you’re making a huge mistake. And we at Hand2Hand don’t like to see you making these mistakes.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, a country founded in 1143 and the first one in the world with border-lines defined. Lisbon is also the second oldest capital in Europe, right after Athens.
If you are a digital nomad you’ve probably heard of it by now: we’re talking about a city that besides all the magnificent history surrounding it, is also one of the most innovating cities in Europe, a place full of young talents and the home of Web Summit for the second year in a row. On Web Summit 2017 there will be attending about 60.000 people. There are some people that say Lisbon is Europe’s Silicon Valley.
So now, without further ado, we’ll list you, our fellow digital nomad, a few of the coolest spots to visit and revisit while staying in this sunny city. 


Monuments and must-see places:
• S. Jorge’s Castle – This castle is dated from the 14th century and it’s named after the saint who protected the knights and the crusades. As a military monument, it has a great view over the city.
• Jerónimos Monestery – Was built in 1502, ordered by D. Manuel I. It’s protected by UNESCO and shows the Portuguese adventure over the Discovery era.
• Santa Justa Elevator- also called “The Carmo Elevator” was built in 1900. If you ascent to the top beside the fantastic view you’ll encounter, you can also enjoy a great coffee shop to relax for a little while.
• Miradouro da Graça – If you enjoy urban landscape this is the place for you. From this spot you can take the most beautiful photos of the city.
• Alfama – Is the oldest and more typical local in Lisbon. It was built by the arabs before the Christian conquer, and it has until today the urban lines. Must-see.

Museums and Cultural points of interest:
• CCB Museum – Located in the Empire Plaza, in Belém, was constructed in 1993. It’s finality was to gather the HQ of the European Community Portuguese presidency.
• MAAT – This museum is one of the most recent ones in Lisbon. This beautiful building located right by the river side holds it’s name for Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.
• Fado Museum – Who could think of visiting Lisbon without hearing Fado, the typical Portuguese genre? It holds documentation center, a theme shop, an auditorium and a restaurant, beside the permanent expos.
• Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Built in 1955, the founder gave his cultural collections to this institution. In there, you can visit the library, two museums and hear their magnificent orchestra, choir and watch some shows.
• Zoo – Founded by Duarte d’Abranches Bizarro in 1884, it holds more than 332 species and it’s one of the most important zoos in Europe. It’s located in Sete Rios and you have no excuse not to visit because you have a lot of public transportations to take you there.

Local Markets:
• Martim Moniz ethnic market – In these narrow streets located in the center of the city, you can find here all the tastes in the world.
• Feira da Ladra – This flea market began in the 13th century. It’s located in Campo de Santa Clara and you can find all types of memorabilia and trinkets in here.
• Mercado do Jardim – It’s a design and craft market in one of the most fabulous gardens in Lisbon. Beautiful ancient trees and fishes swimming the ponds are the scenario to this idyllic fair.
• Mercado de Alvalade – If you feel like staying at home and cook your own meal for the day, there’s not a better place to purchase your fresh vegetables and fish than in here.
• The Biological Market – Horticultural products, herbs, cereals, wine and soaps. These are a few of the things you can find in this local market in Principe Real.

Restaurants and “petiscos”:
• Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market) – Open since 1882 and restored in 2001, it’s now explored by Time Out and holds a social and cultural side. You can also find here cool restaurants and craft shops.
• Casa da Mariquinhas – Remember when we talked about Fado? Well, this is the place to go if you’re in the mood for “Saudade” and eating traditional dishes like codfish in the oven and “Cozido à Portuguesa”.
• Chinês Clandestino (Clandestine Chinese) – You can’t see it but its right in front of you. In Rua do Benformoso you have this secret spot to eat good Chinese food… and also feel a little rebellious.
• Burger Factory – In Alcântara you can find this Burger shop whre you can taste all kinds of burger mixes. It has a great ambience and you can also go for a walk around after your dinner.
• Pharmacia – the name speaks for itself. This restaurant is decorated just like a pharmacy and has a terrace with a view to the river Tejo.

Coffee Shops and a bite:
• Pastéis de Belém – Since 1837, this factory of cream custards has shown the world how much everyone has a sweet tooth. You can taste this little pieces of heaven in the exact same luxurious factory.
• Pois, Café – Vegan friendly, it’s a lovely place with an awesome decoration, where you can relish in a hot beverage at the end of the evening, eating, working or reading.
• A Brasileira – The second home of Pessoa, one of the most brilliant Portuguese writers, it was founded in 1905 and it’s always an emblematic spot to grab a cup of coffee and watch the crowd walk by.
• Versailles – Feeling fancy for breakfast? We got you. This majestic bakery shop makes all your dreams come true.
• Fábrica Coffee Roasters – It’s an artisanal coffee shop where you can taste all kinds of coffee aromas. If you’re into caffeine, this is the place for you.

Pubs and Night Out:
• Darwin’s Café – this café is a bar, lounge and restaurant, all rolled into one. Has a decoration that takes you to the naturalist universe of this British biologist.
• LX Factory – An old factory in Alcântara was taken to be one of the coolest and hip places in Lisbon. Alongside with architecture offices, a library and ethnic restaurants, you can relax and enjoy a drink in any of their fantastic pubs.
• Ginjinha – Actually, this is also the name of the drink that this shop sells. It’s made from a fruit dipped in aguardente, this sweet tang shop began in 1840.
• Pensão Amor – This pub is for lovers or someone who wants to get a drink with friends in a sexy place.
• Bairro Alto, Alfama, Martim Moniz and Cais do Sodré – These are the names of two of locals in Lisbon. The reason why we put them together is because they are so near from one another that the fun extends from one side to the other. Dozens of pubs offer you beer, ethnic drinks, whiskey, cocktails and music.

This is our summarized list. If you are a digital nomad you can take your computer, your camera and your work to any of the above places because, yes, most of them have Wi-Fi. For someone who works abroad, Lisbon is a very beautiful, sunny and relaxing city – the perfect place for digital nomads.
By the way, since you have your smartphone with you, download now for free the Hand2Hand app here, because you really must take to your next destination some Portuguese products that this city can offer you.

Hope you all took notes, see you next time,
The Hand2Hand Team.