Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Our third tour is under way and remarkably, we were yet again ahead of schedule as we set off from Porto airport. The weather was gorgeous and we arrived at the Parador in Cambados in plenty of time to settle in and relax. After a glass of fizz in the sunny courtyard, we headed off…(Read More)

Our final visit and lunch on Sunday was a superb occasion. Our destination was Pazo de Toubes, a tiny estate in Ribeiro that was acquired by Viña Costeira a decade ago and one which has been heavily invested in to restore the amazing buildings and vineyards. Export director Cornelia Proca was a very engaging…(Read More)

The forecast for Saturday was fabulous blue sunshine and a gorgeously warm day – and it was spot on! We headed across the provincial line into Castilla y León and the highly esteemed Bierzo region where the Mencía grape holds court. Our first stop was Bodegas Pittacum where we experienced a deep insight into…(Read More)

Our second Galicia tour has kicked off and once again we were ahead of schedule as flights into Porto and empty roads conspired to make an easy journey into Cambados. The weather was glorious and we basked in some early evening sunshine with a glass of fizz in the Parador cloistered garden. It was then…(Read More)

From Monforte de Lemos we continued our voyage of Galician discovery by briefly nipping into Castilla y León and the ever exciting Bierzo region. I first toured here in 2014 and was impressed then by the local Mencía grape. Wine commentators around the world have become very excited by this area and our…(Read More)

We set off on Friday for the second leg of our Galician wine adventure as we waved goodbye to Cambados and headed inland towards Monforte de Lemos. On the way we took in two wineries: Casal de Armán in the Ribeiro region near Ourense and Regina Viarum in the Ribeira Sacra region just outside…(Read More)

Cambados is a very pretty town situated right on the Atlantic coast and is in the heart of the Salnes sub zone of Rías Baixas.  Albariño is the most important grape variety.  Our first visit was a mere 650 metres from the Parador so made for a very leisurely start to the day…(Read More)

Our first of three Galicia tours has started and what a start! Bright sunshine greeted our arrival at Porto airport and a seamless journey enabled us to have plenty of time to relax before dinner. After a quick glass of fizz in the delightful enclosed courtyard of the Parador in Cambados we headed for dinner…(Read More)

Our final day and still one more visit as we headed off for the arduous 3km drive to Villa Angarano on the outskirts of Bassano del Grappa. This Villa is a splendid, classic Palladian structure that is owned by the five Bianchi Michiel sisters and whose history dates back to the Doges of Venice. It…(Read More)

After the long day on Friday, we opted for a relaxing start on Saturday. The sun shone brightly, the views of the mountains were crystal clear and the open market in Bassano was in full flow. The town is very pretty with fascinating little side streets, a wonderful open square and many elements of history…(Read More)