Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Our final day in Porto


Our final day in the Douro Valley was greeted with bright sunshine as we packed up and headed into Porto. Our destination was the flagship of the Port industry – Taylors.  Situated in Vila Nova di Gaia, across the river from Porto, this is where most of the Port house have their wine lodges with…(Read More)

Our last day in the Douro began at the drive thru Covid testing station in Vila Real. It was clear that they had not dealt with a large coach before so after a bit of bureaucratic dithering, a duly PPE suited lady boarded the coach and proceeded to swab us all. With that excitement over…(Read More)

On Friday we headed out to Quinta do Portal – an estate I have a long association with, having first visited there in 2007. Based in the small village of Celeiros near Sabrosa, Quinta do Portal produce an exceptional range of table wines as well as some excellent Ports. Joao took us on the tour…(Read More)

Bright sunshine greeted our first full day of the tour and a very full day was in store. Our first stop was at Terrus Douro. This is a tiny estate owned by Maria Foy and they make just one wine from a blend of five grapes – Touriga Nacional, Sousao, Touriga Francesa, Cabernet Sauvignon and…(Read More)

This is the first tour since November 2019 so there was a palpable excitement as we headed from Porto airport to Vila Real – our base for the five days. Staying in the Hotel Miracorgo which has a lovely setting overlooking a steep valley, our first activity was a pre-dinner drink on the outside terrace…(Read More)

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I am in Portugal, awaiting arrival of people flying out today.  Several of us have been in Portugal for a couple of days, enjoying beautiful weather and anticipating a wonderful tour.  We will settle into our hotel in Vila Real and enjoy a first night dinner, before heading out to our first visit tomorrow morning…(Read More)

The exciting tour programme I had planned for 2020 has clearly been affected by the travel and social distancing restrictions introduced to combat Covid-19. I have spent the last few weeks working with hotels at our destinations and consulting with clients booked on the tours, and have decided that whenever it is clear a…(Read More)

I have just returned from a quick recce of the Douro Valley in preparation for our September tours and I am once again staggered by the extraordinary natural beauty of the steep terraced vineyards and the amazing Douro river. Staying in the very pleasant town of Vila Real, we are ideally positioned to explore the…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour Over three weeks in November 2019 I ran three tours in Australia. A number of people came on two or even three tours, and all of us had a fantastic experience – enjoying great Aussie hospitality, superb food and of course some amazing wines.…(Read More)

Our final day in Victoria and the last excursions of our three week tour took us to the wonderful Yarra Valley. Situated just 50km east of Melbourne it was an easy hour’s drive. Our first stop was at the historic Yarra Yering. This is a very famous estate where Dr Bailey Carrodus worked his…(Read More)