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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)